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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Elm Street: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan is the second book in the Memories of Home series. Elm Street will appeal to a mixed audience of young adults and some adults who are interested in fiction based on the author’s own childhood experiences. Elm Street follows Frank Wilcox in 1965 as he, Charlie Keller, Lester Freemont, Pete Yancey, and Wendell Mann grow from boyhood into manhood. In Elm Street, Frank Wilcox and his friends deal with school spankings, explorations with their Cub Scout friends, a school bully, honor roll, and the Georgia Bulldogs football games.
I really liked the idea that while Elm Street: Memories of a Home (Volume 2) by Scott Douglas Vaughan was totally fictional, it was based on the author’s own experiences. I enjoyed trying to separate fact-based fiction from total fiction. Elm Street was particularly well written and I found the descriptive language really allowed me to create a clear picture of the time period, the boys, and the settings. While Elm Street is the second book in the series, I had no difficulty in jumping right into it, which was a nice change from the normal confusion I have to deal with when I begin in the middles of a series. I have to say I actually liked it so much that I plan to go back and read the first book, Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home!