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Stormi's Review: Elm Street: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan



PUBLISHER: self-published

RELEASED: November 21, 2016

GENRE: coming of Age, Biographical

LENGTH: 348 pages

FORMAT: ebook, paperback







In 1965, Frank Wilcox and his friends enter Acorn Primary School in Acorn, Georgia—about forty miles north of Atlanta. Over the next eight years, Frank and his close friends grow up together through the school and their nearby hometown. Fun-loving Charlie Keller, thoughtful Lester Freemont, kind Pete Yancey, and loyal Wendell Mann all play important roles in Frank’s world as he comes of age.

While written as fiction, Frank’s childhood adventures are closely based on the childhood memories of author Scott Douglas Vaughan. In Frank’s new love of writing, readers can see the seeds planted for Vaughan’s own communications career.

Vaughan’s tales include obsessing over school spankings, exploring an old house with Cub Scout friends, confronting a school bully, struggling with the cursed honor roll, ushering at Georgia Bulldogs football games, and many other adventures from school yard to the Acorn courthouse square. In vividly written stories, Frank gets his first look at the world beyond the family farm. With the support of his parents, other relatives, and wonderful teachers he learns how to dream big and pursue his goals.

This series of wholesome stories will bring out the child in all of us.


This book paints a picture of school like no other. Growing up is hard and being a student at a young age is hard as well. This book was a down home view of life in school and all that comes with it. Frank and his friends go through school where they face bullies, spankings, and all the normal childhood antics.

This book was heartwarming in many ways. It brought me back to my school days when mischief was bound to happen and when parents and teachers could bring you to the brink of fear, but they could also be the ones to make your day better. I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and well written. It was exciting to see what this group of kids could get into. Great read all around!

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