A compelling tale of friendship and of finding one's own inner strength. (VOYA)
Buddha Boyby Kathe Koja
The kids at school call Jinsen “Buddha Boy”—he wears oversize tie-dyed dragon T- shirts, shaves his head, and always seems to be smiling. He’s clearly a freak. Then Justin is paired with him for a class project. As he gets to know Jinsen and his incredible artistic talent, Justin questions his own beliefs. But being friends with Buddha Boy
The kids at school call Jinsen “Buddha Boy”—he wears oversize tie-dyed dragon T- shirts, shaves his head, and always seems to be smiling. He’s clearly a freak. Then Justin is paired with him for a class project. As he gets to know Jinsen and his incredible artistic talent, Justin questions his own beliefs. But being friends with Buddha Boy isn’t simple, especially when Justin realizes that he’s going to have to take sides. What matters more: the high school social order or getting to know someone extraordinary?
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 16 Years
Meet the Author
Kathe Koja is the author of a number of acclaimed novels for adults, as well as a growing list of books for teenagers, among them Buddha Boy, Blue Mirror, and the multiple award-winning straydog. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.
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I read the book in school as a class reading project. The book was alright, but not the best book I have ever read. I would probably not recomend it to a friend. Though that is only my oppion.
Buddha Boy has that feeling of hurtling towards disaster running along in the background of the whole thing. In the forefront, however, there is a great story about Jinsen and Justin. Jinsen seems not to care what anyone thinks of or does to him. Good thing, too, since he dresses, looks and acts odd, none of which gets him a bunch of friends. He practically invites kids to bully him when he starts to beg for lunch money in the cafeteria. Most of the kids do just that, either actively by throwing pennies or worse or passively by ignoring Jinsen altogether. Justin, instead, asks him why he's different. The two boys have more in common than Justin had originally thought; they are both artists. Koja's use of language, especially when describing the boys' artwork, is beautiful. You can really see the works of art that Justin and Jinsen are creating as you're reading. Stemming from that, the rest of the book is simply lyrical. The story, even though it is set in a contemporary high school and deals with some pointedly cruel bullying, has the far away feel of a fairytale. Justin tells this story and it somehow manages to feel like it's happening in the present tense and like it's already happened at the same time. Regardless of the subject matter, it's beautiful. When you add Jinsen's attitude and actions, and the way he affects and changes Justin, the whole thing is really breathtaking. I only had one complaint, and it's not exactly a deal-breaker. During the course of Justin and Jinsen's growing friendship, Jinsen explains a few things about Buddhism, but mostly smiles and lets Justin figure things out for himself. Jinsen lives by example. This is great and fits well with his reaction to the bullying in the story, but I did wish every once in a while that Jinsen would give a straight answer to Justin's questions. There doesn't seem to be a lot of young adult fiction dealing with Buddhism, so it would have been nice for this one to be a bit more informative. I loved Koja's writing. I probably would have loved it even if the story hadn't been great, it was that good. Luckily, the story lived up to the writing and both worked together to create a magnificent finished product. Book source: Philly Free Library
I loved this book. Maybe the other reviewers were too young to understand this book, so they did not like it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone mature enough to understand the basic message behind this classic story. This book reminds me of "Star Girl"
The book was ok but i dont reccomend it.
When I first looked at the book, the cover looked very interesting. It had many colors and such and that drawn my attention to the book. I had to pick it out for my English homework. At first the book got me very bored, I wasn¿t very interested in reading so I waited until the last day the book was due and I was forced to read it. It was a very boring experience at first, but as I read on I started to get really into it, it became very interesting as the story was unraveling into many strange things on how Buddha Boy came to the high school. I would grade this book a B, a straight B. I grade this a B because at first I thought it would be a short boring read. But in the end it got very exciting and some parts even kept me wanting more. The ending of the book was all right. It fit the book semi-perfectly.
When I got this book I wasn't too exited about reading a book called Buddha Boy. When I finally started to read it I found out that it wasn't so bad.