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Harry Dee - Or Working It Out

Item Number: 1545

Catalog Code: 9780895556721

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0-89555-672-3
9780895556721
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7"  (17.7 cm) x 4 1/4"  (10.7 cm)
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2000

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Harry Dee  is one of "Fr. Finn's Famous Three"-Tom Playfair, Percy Wynn and Harry Dee. These were the most popular of Fr. Finn's 27 Catholic novels for young people. Resembling a Catholic version of Charles Dickens' stories, or even The Hardy Boys, these books were read by hundreds of thousands of young people in the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th century. Their quaint turn-of-the-century language is part of the charm of the stories and of Fr. Finn's own brand of humor.  After young readers (or hearers) have "gotten into" his style, they find it hilarious!  But besides being fun, the stories have a moral:  Tom Playfair is an unruly little boy when he is sent to St. Maure's boarding school, but he develops into a good Catholic young man and leader - without ever losing his high spirits.  (All 3 books feature Tom Playfair.)

 

But what about today's young people?

We were given great encouragement to reprint these books by the experience of a teaching Sister who reads all 3 books each year to her 5th and 6th graders-with very gratifying results. Sister says she has seen drastic changes in students after hearing Fr. Finn's stories-marked improvement in behavior, motivation and character, especially in boys. Though both boys and girls enjoy the books immensely, she says, "It's the boys that absolutely love them. It's a hero worship thing." And parents ask: "Who's this Tom Playfair?-because that's all the kids talk about at the dinner table on Monday nights

 


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