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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0142411841
ISBN-13: 9780142411841
Sku: 206285171
Publish Date: 5/15/2008
Pages:  250
Age Range:  16 to UP
 
I spent the last Friday of summer vacation spreading hot, sticky tar across the roof of George Washington High. (from the first line)
In her latest "New York Times" bestseller, Anderson tackles a controversial subject--what it means to be a man today--as a string of events and changes has high school senior Tyler Miller questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world.
From the Publisher:
After getting busted for doing graffiti and having to work all summer to pay for the damages, invisible Tyler's physique changes greatly and brings with it unexpected perks, including the attention of his father's boss's daughter, Bethany Millbury, and a change in the unspoken hierarchy at school. Reprint.After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
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Manhood, growing up, and family relationships are at the center of this tense, engaging young-adult novel by the author of the bestseller SPEAK. High-school senior Troy Miller has always been considered a loser, but after bulking up a bit and creating a dubious reputation at his high school via a spray-paint stunt, he finds himself appealing to none other than the most popular girl in school, Bethany Millbury. Confused by Bethany's attention, coping with his father's emotionally abusive behavior, and struggling in school, Troy is constantly caught between self-hatred and acceptance. When a dangerous situation arises that could potentially change his life forever, Troy must figure out what it means to take control and stand up for himself.
Author Bio
Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson grew up in Syracuse, New York. Ever since she was a young girl, she loved to read books. Even though she tended to read many books at once (a habit that she still has!), her favorite book was J.R.R Tolkein's THE HOBBIT. Now that she's a role model for many young aspiring writers, Laurie has three important things that she thinks kids who want to write should know: 1.) Read everything you can get your hands on, 2.) Be kind to your English teachers, 3.) Don't be one of "those people" who just talks about being a writer--BE a writer! It seems that Laura followed her own advice, because her first young adult novel, SPEAK, was nominated for the 1999 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. When Laurie found out that she had been nominated, she felt "stunned, honored, grateful, giddy, bewildered, amazed, thrilled. And happy. Very happy." Laurie feels that the highest reward any author can receive is to know that he or she has written a good story. Besides this award-winning young adult novel, she has also written three picture books: NO TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY, TURKEY POX, AND NDITO RUNS, all of which were received with praise. Laurie's favorite writers are Chris Crutcher, Francesca Lia Block, Karen Hesse, Karen Cushman, and Robert Cormier. A fun fact: her grandfather was a forest ranger.

Praise

"As tension mounts, Tyler reaches a crisis point revealed through one of the most poignant and gripping scenes in young adult literature." 2/15/2007

"Anderson remains a master at formulating small but apt symbols for emotional truths that trigger both thought and identification on the part of readers...This is a gripping exploration of what it takes to grow up, really grow up, against the wishes of people and circumstances conspiring to keep you the victim they need you to be." 4/1/2007

"The familial clashes feel suffocatingly, terrifyingly authentic here...[I]t's the kind of book that some readers, particularly boys, will keep under their beds for years, turning to it again and again for comfort and a sense of solidarity...What Anderson finds in this book is a way to celebrate the urges traditionally associated with male adolescence--for sex, for domination, for power--without glorifying violence or misogyny." - John Green 6/3/2007

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0250
Product attributePublisher:   SPEAK
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