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Kid on the Go! Memoir of My Childhood and Youth
In this new book, McKee takes readers on a journey through his childhood, adolescence, and teenage years from the mid-40s to the mid-60s, in the small, then industrially-polluted town of Elmira, Ontario, Canada—one of the centers of production for Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
McKee’s vivid descriptions, dialog, and self-drawn illustrations are a study of how a young boy learned to play and work, fish and hunt, avoid dangers, cope with death, deal with bullies, and to build or restore “escape” vehicles. You may laugh out loud as the author recalls his exploding hormones, attraction to girls, rebellion against authority, and survival of 1960s’ “rock & roll” culture—emerging on the other side as a youth leader.
After leaving Elmira, McKee describes his intensely searching university years, trying to decide which career path to follow. Except for a revealing postscript, the story ends when he accepts a volunteer teaching position on the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia.
About the Author
Neill McKee is a creative nonfiction writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has written and published three books in this genre since 2015. His latest work is Kid on the Go! Memoir of My Childhood and Youth, a humorous and poignant account of his growing up in an industrially-polluted town in Ontario, Canada, and his university years. This memoir is a stand-alone prequel to his first travel memoir Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah (2019) on his first overseas adventures in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo), where he served as a Canadian volunteer teacher and program administrator during 1968-70 and 1973-74. This book won the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Biography–(other than a New Mexico/Arizona subject) and a Bronze Medal in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Ippy Awards).
In late 2020, McKee also released Guns and Gods in my Genes: A 15,000-mile North American search through four centuries of history, to the Mayflower—an entertaining account of how he searched for his roots in Canada and the US, in which he employs vivid descriptions, dialog, poetic prose, analytical opinion, photos and illustrations. In this work, McKee slowly uncovers his American grandmother’s lineage—ancestors who were involved in almost every major war on North American soil and others, including a passenger on the Mayflower, as well as heroes, villains, rascals, and ordinary godly folk. Through his search, McKee exposes myths and uncovers facts about the true founding of America.
McKee, who holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Communication from Florida State University, lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Russia and traveled to over 80 countries on assignments during his 45-year international career. He became an expert in communication and directed/produced a number of award-winning documentary films/videos, and wrote a many articles and books in the field. McKee is now busy writing another travel memoir on his career. He does readings/book signings and presentations with or without photos. He prefers lively interactive sessions.
Follow the author online at:
Author’s website: www.neillmckeeauthor.com
Kid on the Go! book page: www.neillmckeeauthor.com/kid-on-the-go
Kid on the go! buy page: www.neillmckeeauthor.com/buy-3
Author's digital library: www.neillmckeevideos.com/
--- Upcoming Blog Tour Calendar
November 15th @ Katherine Itacy's Blog
Stop by Katherine and read her review of Neill McKee's memoir Kid on the Go!. You can also enter to win a copy of the book for yourself too!
November 17th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Join Beverley as she features a guest post by author Neill McKee on issues on writing about your hometown.
November 20th @ Sweet Silly Sara
Visit Sara's blog and read her review of Neill McKee's memoir Kid on the Go!.
November 24th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Visit Beverley's blog again and read her review of Neill McKee's memoir Kid on the Go!.
November 24th @ C. Lee McKenzie
Join C. Lee McKenzie today as she interviews author Neill McKee, author of the memoir Kid on the Go!.
November 26th @ StoreyBook Reviews
Visit Leslie's blog where she shares an excerpt of Neill McKee's memoir Kid on the Go!.
November 30th @ Author Anthony Avina's Blog
Join Anthony as he interviews Neill McKee, author of the memoir Kid on the Go!.
December 2nd @ The Mommies Reviews
Visit Glenda's blog today where she reviews Neill McKee's memoir Kid on the Go!.
December 4th @ Mother Daughter Bookclub
Join Cindy today when she reviews Neill McKee's memoir Kid on the Go!.
December 5th @ Fiona Ingram's Blog
Join Fiona today when she shares Neill McKee's guest post on writing a memoir in a youth's voice but with present-day adult reflections.
December 7th @ CK Sorens' Blog
Make sure to stop by CK Sorens' blog today and check out a feature of Neill McKee's memoir and enter to win a copy of the book too.
December 8th @ World of My Imagination
Join Nicole as she shares her thoughts about Neill McKee's memoir Kid on the Go!. You'll also have the chance to win a copy for yourself too.
December 10th @ Bookshine and Readbows
Join Steph as she shares Neill McKee's guest post about how mentors changed his life.
December 10th @ Jill Sheets' Blog
Join Jill as she interviews Neill McKee and features his memoir Kid on the Go!.
December 12th @ Author Anthony Avina's Blog
Visit Anthony's blog again as he shares his thoughts on Neill McKee's newest memoir Kid on the Go!.
And what you've all been waiting for - 5 Star Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto:
Kid on the Go! is an honest and sometimes humorous story to be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The story is engaging and contains just the right amount of detail. This is a thought-provoking coming of age story that drew me right in. McKee is an expert story-teller with a great sense of humor. This is a work of creative nonfiction and a stand-alone prequel to McKee's award-winning "Finding Myself in Borneo" which tells of his days in Malaysia as a volunteer teacher (1968-70) and field staff (1973-74).