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Author: Harrington, Karen
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780316298018
Grades: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9


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Author Karen Harrington uses her signature humor and heartfelt prose to delve deeply into interpersonal relationships with her amazing male protagonist Wayne Kovok, an anxious seventh-grader who has a habit of using random trivia to protect himself from awkward silences and uncomfortable emotions. After surviving an horrific airplane crash, the irresistible hero is confronted by a daunting array of challenges, including losing his voice, having a scarred face, impressing his girlfriend, and trying to find his place between an absentee hippie father and his super patriotic ex-military grandfather. Wayne’s first person authentic narrative is both humorous and anguished as he embarks on a quest to find the American flag honoring his deceased uncle, and to come to terms with his bewildering world. This is a powerful story of a boy finding his own voice (both literally and figuratively) and readers will cheer through their tears in a┬ácoming-of-age story with a twist that will captivate a middle school audience.

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