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Stoner & Spaz (Paperback)

Author:  Ronald Koertge
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763657573
ISBN-13: 9780763657574
Sku: 220216308
Publish Date: 8/9/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  169
Age Range:  18 to UP
 
With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. Perhaps not since Harold and Maude has there been such a likeable, unlikely romance.--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review).
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A funny, in-your-face novel starring an unlikely teenage pair - a sheltered cinemaphile with cerebral palsy and the tattooed, straight-talking stoner who steals his heart.

For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft - a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother - the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. Of course he waits for the lights to dim before making an entrance, so that his own lurching down the aisle doesn’t look like an ad for Monster Week. The last person he wants to run into is drugged-up Colleen Minou, resplendent in ripped tights, neon miniskirt, and an impressive array of tattoos. But when Colleen climbs into the seat beside him and rests a woozy head on his shoulder, Ben has that unmistakable feeling that his life is about to change.

With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Ron Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. It’s the tale of a self-deprecating protagonist who learns that kindred spirits can be found for the looking - and that the incentive to follow your passion can be set into motion by something as simple as a human touch.


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Sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft's cerebral palsy has turned him into a loner. A druggie girl named Colleen Minou befriends Ben, and turns out to be the one who lifts him out of his doldrums by encouraging him to make a film about his classmates. Named one of the Best Children's Books 2002 by Publishers Weekly.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Koertge...convincingly captures high-school life, where sex and drugs are everyday matters, and conversations frequently include obscenities." 04/01/2002

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Koertge has an amazing ability to infuse dark situations with humor while not losing emotional depth, and despite a few moments that seem over the top, the story retains a successful balance between the comical and the compelling." - Kate McDowell March 2002

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0169
Product attributePublisher:   Candlewick Press (MA)
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