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Mundy Pond, by Roger Maunder captures the innocence of boyhood in a world that is forcing them to grow up too fast

New Newfoundland author brings readers back to their childhood summers as they cheer-on 11 year olds Gordie and Jimmy growing up in late 1970's St. John's

Newfoundland filmmaker Roger Maunder has completed his first novel, Mundy Pond. Aimed at young adult audiences, the novel chronicles the life of eleven-year-old Gordie McAllister growing up in Mundy Pond, a St. John's neighborhood, in the summer of 1978.

Lisa Moore, two-time Giller Prize nominee, writes, "Here is a story that will break your heart; full of details so richly rendered they soar off the page. Maunder captures childhood with the searing focused power of a beam of sunlight through a magnifying glass."

Perhaps better known for his independently produced films, Swallowed and The White Balloon, and as the creator of the Nickel Film Festival, Roger Maunder decided to go a different route with his story Mundy Pond, which originally was a full-length feature script.

Says Leo Furey, author of The Long Run, "Maunder has turned his hand from filmmaking to fiction and writes convincingly of a young man's journey from innocence to experience."

Published by Tuckamore Books, a Creative Publishers Imprint, Mundy Pond will be launched at the LSPU Hall Gallery, 3 Victoria Street, St.John's, on May 29 at 7 pm.

About the Book
Mundy Pond is a coming-of-age story about young Gordie MacAllister thatís set in Newfoundland in the late 1970ís. Gordie and Jimmy, best friends, find themselves at a turning point in their lives in the summer of 1978 when a whole series of new things are introduced to them. It is a time when they both realize that things arenít always fun and games. Jimmy has been accustomed to a brutal, alcoholic father and Gordie has some heavy issues creeping into his sheltered life such as his motherís cancer and his parentís separation. Through their lost innocence, an understanding is gained.

Although the book is aimed at young adults, I think anyone who grew up in Newfoundland, especially in the 1970's would appreciate and enjoy the novel.

You can purchase a copy of Mundy Pond online at www.creativepublishing.ca

Or if you are in Newfoundland, you can purchase at local bookstores including Chapters, Coles as well as the Downhomer and Costco.