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The Yankee Doctor, which boasts a raft of five star reviews is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. It is by far the funniest book of the 10 book series. Richard and John Clayton are pitted again a crooked doctor and it’s either the Reform School for the boys or run that sorry doctor out of town. The five start review below is only one of many.
The base for their adventures is Norphlet, Arkansas in 1945, a small (census 2000 pop. 822) town in the southernmost section of the state. Quite naturally, they are avid followers of the war, listening to newscaster Walter Winchell give the latest war news nearly every night. Their routine is dramatically changed when Doctor Carl and his assistant Miss Tina move to town from Burlington, Vermont. Their church has a large potluck dinner and when Richard and John Clayton get their food and go to their favorite spot under the stairs to eat, they overhear Carl and Tina talking disparagingly about the townspeople.
This begins a feud between the two boys and Carl and Tina that involves threats of reform school, arrest, wasps, roaches and many other nonlethal weapons. It is one of those situations where “the town is not big enough for both of us” is an apt description. There is also a secondary issue involving marital difficulties and other local problems. A wonderfully underplayed feature of “window walking” also appeals to the voyeuristic instincts of all young boys that have a hope of seeing a woman naked.
While it is clear that the stories of Richard and John Clayton are biographical, it is difficult to determine where the fact ends and fiction begins. However, dwelling on that too much will cause you to miss the excitement of the stories, where two boys live out the fantasy of all young men to have a great adventure and catch some “bad guys.”