The New Tynesiders - Little Town - Book 2

"The New Tynesiders" follows the story of Akan Badoe; a Ghanaian immigrant who comes to settle in the North East along with many other ethnic groups. His struggle for acceptance in a racially bigoted Britain are documented. The story also follows young Jimmy Connors Hepple the boy from the "Little Town" story who is adopted by an eminent surgeon and his wife after a tragic accident where both his parents are killed in a gas explosion.
Jimmy meets Sydney a young black boy and they become friends. Jimmy the adventurer wants to work in the Arctic like his hero Sir Robert Falcon Scott. Sydney a doctor. The story takes you on a journey through the boys childhood into adulthood where colour, creed,or religion have no boundaries. The New Tynesiders will take you back from 1948- 1966.

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That morning passed very quickly as he wrote an essay about an adventure he would go on given the chance.

Jimmy was lost in a world where birds and animals roamed free he built his own camp like his hero Robinson Crusoe had all those years before. His eye for detail in his stories got him top marks in his class in his old school. Rob Mason couldn’t believe how fast Jimmy could get things down on paper as he struggled to get one page. By the end of the lesson jimmy had written thirty pages in his exercise book then handed it in. He could have carried on writing until school was over but the two hour lesson took him to break time he looked in the satchel where Pat had made him a sandwich and packed an apple. Jimmy found a place in the yard then sat down where he ate one of his sandwiches made from ham and cheese. He saw another boy sitting on his own so he went over to where he was. When he got to him the boy was not white but had coffee coloured skin.

“Hi do want a sandwich?

“The boy looked up at him and smiled.

“You would give me a sandwich he replied?

“Why shouldn’t I?

“Well because I’m black.”

“So your skin is darker than mine so what? Have you read Robinson Crusoe?

“No, should I?

Yes’ it tells of a sea captain marooned on a desert island and ends up making friends with a native after he rescues him from cannibals who would have eaten him.

“What was he called?

“Friday.

That’s funny; my Ghanaian name is Kofi which means Friday.

“What do they call you then said Jimmy as he handed the ham sandwich to his new found friend?

“Sydney Ahomet.

“I’m Jimmy; Jimmy Connors Hepple.”

“How come you have two surnames?

“I’m adopted; my parents were killed in explosion last year.

“I’m sorry to hear that; I bet you miss them very much.”

Jimmy took out a pen knife and halved the apple and gave one half to Sydney.

“Thanks; have you been at this school long?

“It’s my first day; and you?

“I came here last year.

The whistle blew to end the break and Jimmy asked if he was staying for school meals?

“Yes; I will wait for you outside the dining hall at 12.15.

“Okay see you in an hour or so.”

The boys walked off to their next lesson which was maths.

 

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