by Steven Manchester
It’s the winter of 1984. Twelve-year old Herbie and his two brothers—Wally and Cockroach—are enjoying the mayhem of winter break when a late Nor’easter blows through New England, trapping their quirky family in the house. The power goes out and playing Space Invaders to AC DC’s Back in Black album is suddenly silenced—forcing them to use their twisted imaginations in beating back the boredom. At a time when the brothers must overcome one fear after the next, they learn that courage is the one character trait that guarantees all others.
This hysterical coming-of-age tale is jam-packed with enough nostalgia to satisfy anyone who grew up in the ‘80s or at least had the good fortune to travel through them.
Bread Bags and Bullies is a fantastic book that is full of nostalgia - perfect for those who grew up in the 1980s or, like me, were born in the 1980s but had their older siblings share their love for all things retro. Steve Manchester's writing is vivid and enthralling. Nostalgia definitely makes this book the captivating read that it is. Bread Bags and Bullies is a coming-of-age story about three brothers who make memories together while steering the happenings of life - friendship and family. This book is definitely a charming story with humor and memories filling not just a wintry life, but the lives of these three brothers. I definitely recommend anyone who has some kind of connection or affection for the 1980s to pick up this book. This read will become as much of a walk down memory lane for the reader as it is for the characters of this book.