Martin O'Boy's life is not easy. His beloved granny has just died, money is tight, his pregnant mother and father fight all the time, and his twin, Phil, is completely incapacitated. But life in Ottawa's Lowertown is not all bad. Martin has his best friend, Billy Batson (a.k.a. Captain Marvel), the movies, and his granny's old copies of National Geographic to read. Besides, the war is almost over, which means that his glamorous next-door neighbor Buz will soon be coming home. Then, in their endless pursuit of funds, Martin and Billy join the church choir as summer boys. And it soon becomes apparent that the organist, Mr. T.D.S. George, is awfully, and dangerously, fond of Martin. Brave, loving and resourceful, Martin O'Boy is one of Brian Doyle's most wonderful creations, as he brings his inimitable storytelling style to this -- his eleventh -- book. Boy O'Boy is filled, as always, with humor, compassion, trenchant social observation, and a great pet -- Martin's loyal, wise, one-eared cat, Cheap. Book jacket.