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Out of the Burning

reviewed by Joel R. Davitz 1961

coverTitle: Out of the Burning
Author(s): J. H. Freeman
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This biography of Frenchy Joyeaux, leader of a fighting adolescent gang, is an exciting book, but in some respects, the excitement is like that of a comic book adventure story. For example, one of the high points in Frenchy's life was a battle between Frenchy's Deacons and the rival Bishops. Frenchy started his maneuvers by standing alone at an open intersection, his gang hidden behind him. "When I saw them coming, I walked all alone to the center spot. With both flare guns drawn (and loaded with buckshot), I crouched there like Richard Widmark holding off the whole Jap army." And behind him, as the enemy charged, the Deacons chanted, "Frenchy's here; have no fear." Thus, Frenchy and his gang acted out the adventures of the comic strips, television, and the movies. And though poverty and ignorance undoubtedly affected Frenchy and Jangles and the rest of the fighting Deacons, Ira Freeman, Frenchy's... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 6, 1961, p. 506-506
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3265, Date Accessed: 7/20/2018 1:13:51 AM

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