No Hill For A Stepper By Carolyn Dennis-Willingham

No Hill For A Stepper is a great true story about a boy growing up during the great depression.

The story starts with him being grown (mostly-he is 18) and on his own as an army sergeant in charge of training 10,000 men. He is on a train going home to spar with his abusive dad. On the trip he is remembering his childhood, especially parts of his childhood that caused him to hate his dad.

He thinks that he is a better boxer than his dad and that he will be able to hit his dad…and he is looking forward to it. He wants to get even with his dad for all the times his dad hit him and his mom.

He is remembering those times while he is riding on the train. He has memories of going hungry and of being poor but he also has a lot of good memories of his grandparents and his other family.

The attitude of the folks in this story is really great. They remind me of my grandparents and great-grand ma. They had to “make do” and do without and they just kept on going.

I thought this book was going to be a hard read but it turned out to be an easy story to get into. I liked the main character a lot. He is someone I would have loved to meet.

From the Cover Flap :

In 1948, Cono Dennis boards a train to Temple, Texas. It is the same place he escaped at age 14, when yet another act of violence by his father finally pushed him over the edge. Now, Cono is no longer that skinny, tow-headed, battered kid. At eighteen years old, he is Master Sergeant at Lackland Army Air Force Base, a boxer, and the physical training instructor responsible for over 10,000 men. An invitation from his father to return to Temple and spar with him is too good to pass up. But once Cono throws his first punch, will he be able to stop?

About The Author :

Carolyn Dennis-Willingham is a writer of poetry, memoir and children’s books. Starting with a membership in Quill and Scroll, a national high school journalism honor society, she continued writing through college and into adulthood. She is currently a member of the Writers League of Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas in child development, Ms. Dennis-Willingham is the past president of Raising Austin, an organization to help improve the quality of care for the youngest and neediest children. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. They have a son and a daughter who also reside in Austin.


  1. The story in the book seems unusual. It is because I haven’t encounter a character, who wants to hit his abusive father. But it makes me wonder if he is going to do it on the end since maybe forgiveness will prevail and other kind of compassionate scenario. On the second thought, I should read this book so that I would know how the story will end. Thanks for the nice review.

  2. This story sounds simple but the meaning behind it is probably powerful and sad to say on par with a lot of abused victims today. Some never want to see their abusers ever again (if possible) and others want revenge. My curiosity has been raised to see how this story ends. Thanks for the nice review!

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