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The Legend of Diddley Squatt: A Novella from a Brother Fella

A story of overcoming life's oddities and the ability to persevere by finding the best that humankind has to offer. 


Sometime during the middle of the twentieth century, a black child is born in Rundown City, Mississippi, to rundown parents. After Diddley Squatt's sixteen-year-old mother splits the scene and leaves him in the care of his grandmother, Momma Squatt, Diddley settles into a new life within her three-story hotel/brothel, the Copp-A-Squatt Inn. 

As he grows older and is nicknamed Young Didd, the boy is unfortunately bullied because of his unusual name and life circumstances. Luckily Diddley develops a thick skin and learns that love is better than hate, thanks to the nurturing, lessons, and mentoring provided by his grandmother and the strong ladies who, along with a goo-gaggle of Inn customers that include famous musicians, soldiers on leave, and politicians, visit the brothel. 

While on his unique coming-of-age journey, Diddley also uncovers the mystical powers behind a magical harmonica that allow him to bond with creatures he never imagined could become his best friends, and who could somehow lead him to a new destiny. 

In this urban novella, a black boy growing up in the south must somehow learn to find his way in life after his mother abandons him, with help from well-meaning people. 



 
5-Star Book Review Written by Ernest Hamilton 

A story of overcoming life's oddities and the ability to persevere by finding the best that humankind has to offer. I Loved this funky tale of bullying and hope....took me back to the days of the chitlin circuit when blacks could only stay in certain areas- YET THEY HAD A BALL! I love the various characters and how they each had a hand in making sure Diddley made it through his initial life years. This story needs to be made into a movie!!!




About the Author
Duane Lance Filer is a retired funkster extraordinaire, writer, painter and musician who grew up in Compton, California with six brothers and sisters. He and his wife, Janice, have two adult children and currently reside in Carson, California. This is his seventh book. 



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Excerpt: The Legend of Diddley Squatt by Duane Lance Filer 


Didd was on the back porch of the Copp-A-Squatt; just sitting on the porch looking out into the back woods with his trusty harmonica in his mouth - playing this old blues tune known as "Squirrel Meat Stew" he had picked up. These old houses really never had any back fences, and backyards just ran out into the woods. This was good, because deer, possums, raccoons, and rats - all these different animals would run up to the end where the brown grass part ended - and you could bond with the animals.

Didd loved to just sit on the porch and watch and feed the animals. When nobody was looking, he would rumble through the trash bin where Oscar (one of Momma's house men others called a "pimp") and the other help would throw the garbage after eating. He'd dig through the trash and get the leftovers - squish them in a paper bag and place it out on the edge of the backyard/woods area. He'd sit there and watch the animals come eat. They loved the food. Then, one day, something really strange happened!

Didd was putting some of the leftovers out on the rickety back fence for the animals. He put out some pork-chop bones, some un-eaten grits, some egg remnants, burnt toast - all just laid it across the fence, when this possum came up and acted like he wasn't scared at all.

Then to Didd's amazement the possum started talking: "Thanks young Diddley. All the animals have been watching you from afar and we appreciate all the food you bring out here to us. It all tastes good and keep it coming."

"Possum's can't talk?" Didd said.

"Why not? Why can't we?" said the possum, "you humans just think we can't talk because you can imagine the trouble we would be in if humans knew we could talk. We just choose not to talk. But to some few humans that we feel comfortable with, we will talk. Diddley Squatt, you are one of the few humans we feel comfortable talking around. My friends will talk to you, you'll see."

"Wow" said young Diddley. "I love all animals. I mean I really like animals more than people. Animals always let you know how they feel."

"You're welcome" said the possum. "My name is Percy Possum- and I've been hanging back here in Momma Squatt's backyard for years. Lots of action at this whorehouse, so there is always a lot of extra discarded food in the garbage. I hope we can be friends." Percy extends his free hand while holding onto his food with the other.

Young Diddley had seen this before from the johns, the shaking of hands, and knew he must respond. So, he shifted over to the back of the fence and shook Percy's free hand. The bond was set!

Before he left, Percy said, "You don't happen to have any fresh food on you young Didd- do you?"

"I have my lunch, a tomato sandwich. Sorry, but I don't eat meat. I could never eat something that once breathed like me. One of the johns said that makes me a "VE-GEE-TARIAN. You are more than welcome to my sandwich," said Didd as he pushed the sandwich into Percy's paws.

Percy switched his tail in happiness. "Thanks, I can share this fresh tomato sandwich with the rest of the animals. We possums eat anything - we even have a few 'vegetarians' that I'm aware. I knew you were special; and keep playing that harmonica. We animals sense something magical when we hear you playing. See you later young Diddley," said Percy.

"I'm sure we will be talking more in the future. Like I said, you are one of the exceptional ones." Percy slowly crept back into the woods; his teeth holding the bag of discarded food and the tomato sandwich bag in his hands.

"Wow!' was all Diddley could say.



 ( Continued... ) 

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LongTALES for ShortTAILs  

"LongTALES for ShortTAILs" is a children's short-story collection that totals 7 interesting stories. To date, Duane Lance Filer has completed and self-published 3 of the stories in the series. The stories are about real and imagined stories that kids from 2 - 13 years-old will enjoy.  
 

"LongTALES for ShortTAILS" written by Duane Filer will leave your kids enthralled and excited. Each book contains eye-popping color illustrations by Jay DeVance III. Below is a brief summary of these three storybooks. Please share this flyer with your friends and family. Give the Gift of Knowledge...Give Books as Gifts!




FastJack Robinson  (Longtale #1 Children's Books) 

Fastjack was coming to spend the summer with his grandrabbits- Grandpaw and Grandmaw Robinson, in Bunny Junction. Fastjack Robinson had moved to Hare City, but always loved coming back home to visit his beloved grandrabbits as well as his childhood friends House Mouse and Stooley the Pigeon. 

 After a big welcome-home supper of carrot stew and rabbit tea, Fastjack was informed by the squeaky voiced House Mouse that the notorious, mischievous Grabbit Rabbit was wreaking havoc in Bunny Junction by stealing pies and other carrot items from the families in Bunny Junction. Little did the Grabbit Rabbit know that, like a young Jackie Robinson, Fastjack Robinson was the fastest rabbit in the world! 

Somebody in Bunny Junction had to stop the notorious Grabbit Rabbit. So Stooley, House Mouse, Grandpaw, and Grandmaw devised a plan to catch the Grabbit Rabbit. It's Fastjack to the rescue! 

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Ms. Missy: Bishop's First Dog  
(Longtale #2 Children's Books)  
 
Who out there doesn't remember their first pet? Bishop's first dog turns out to be the beautiful diva Missy. Plus, Missy soon has a surprise for the family. "Ms. Missy - Bishop's First Dog" is a true story concerning my family's first pet - Ms. Missy the diva dog! Follow along as Bishop, oldest child of the Morrow household, learns the ins and outs of owning and taking care of a dog. 

Bishop has daily duties of feeding and caring for Ms. Missy; bathing her in the Morrow backyard with younger siblings Maxine and Kelvin; and training Missy in the ways of the pet and human world. 

Time passes, as both Missy and the Morrow family grows with additional kids. One day, Missy disappears, and young Bishop feels it is his fault because he scolded Missy too hard. Bishop feels terrible, and fears she has run away for good. When Missy is finally found - she has a surprise of a lifetime for the Morrow family! 

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Duncan & the Chocolate Bar  (Longtale #3 Children's Books)  

The year is 2050. The space shuttle to the moon has been a reality since 2030. There have been scientists, explorers, politicians, entertainers and celebrities; just about every type of scientific type person has been or has plans to go to the moon...but no ordinary people have been included? Black, white, brown, or yellow...no regular ordinary people have been to the moon. 

Finally, in 2050, the USA government has decided it is time to send some regular folks to the moon. A contest was held to pick three lucky souls to be sent to the moon. Each person selected could bring a friend. And the best part is that the government claims once the lucky winners get to the moon, there would be a surprise waiting for them. Young Duncan (Dunk) Sylers, 11 years old and from the city of Compton, California, enters the contest. You guessed it - Young Duncan wins and decides to take his younger cousin Drew on the exploration of a lifetime. 

Follow along as Duncan, Drew, and the other winners (including a wanna-be hippie who brings his parrot as his guest; as well as an aging actress and her equally washed up boyfriend) travel toward the moon. Do they succeed? You'll have to read the book.

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(Longtale #3 Children's Books - For YA sci-fi lovers)

 



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