Written in 1963, the book Rascal, by Sterling North, is set in 1918, during the First World War (also called the Great War). It is one of Sterling North’s autobiographies. The first time I read it, it instantly moved up near the top of my favorite books “list”.
It is about an eleven year old boy (Sterling) who does all the things every kid might wish to do, that aren’t possible in most cases. He starts building a canoe in the living room, keeps pets of all different kinds, and can do pretty much whatever he wants during the day.
Rascal, his pet raccoon (the one the book is named after) is always getting himself into trouble of one kind or another. Somehow though, Sterling usually finds a way to evade the threats from angry or startled neighbors.
This book is a great read for anyone, young or old. I highly recommend it to all you scouters!
Here is the first paragraph of the book:
“It was May, 1918, that a new friend and companion came into my life: a character, a personality, and a ring-tailed wonder. He weighed less than one pound when I discovered him, a furry ball of utter dependence, and awakening curiosity, unweaned and defenseless. Wowser and I where immediately protective. We would have fought any boy or dog in town who sought to harm him.”
Out of five stars I would give it five.