|It's a Long Way from Penny Apples|
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This is a heart-warming read about a boy born and raised in the slums of Dublin who, despite the odds, overcomes poverty through hard work, determination and education. He is a voracious reader as a boy and not surprisingly, excels in his schoolwork. He gets up at the break of dawn to help out at the market and to sell newspapers on his daily route. As a creative entrepreneur at a young age, Bill Cullen, proves to be a fighter making his way in the world and avoiding trouble as much as possible as he grows into a young man. An optimist, he always looks on the bright side of things, adhering to this attitude no matter what he endures. He appreciates a local friend and shopkeeper's song that starts out, "Keep your sunny side up, up. Let your laughter ring true..."
After landing a job at a local Ford automobile plant, Cullen finds his way in the world, moving up to become a leading manufacturer in the industry. Some critics describe this as an uplifting counter to Angela's Ashes, and I'd have to agree.