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Children's LiteratureFifteen-year-old American Johnny Hazzard is headed for England. Ever since his parents' divorce, he and his sister have spent their summers with their father and Johnny dreads it. He likes his dad well enough, but he does not like leaving his home behind. Johnny worries about his mother, and he misses his friends. Worst of all, he hates the isolation of being in a country where he does not know anyone and has a hard time making friends. All of that changes when Johnny meets nineteen-year-old January. They share an interest in skateboarding and an intense mutual attraction for each other. Suddenly, the summer seems much more interesting. Johnny cannot believe such a hot girl is attracted to him, but she is. He is sure that he has found love. Johnny is in for a wild ride . . . but will it last? DeOliveira's book is a realistic, but controversial coming of age story. 2005, Push/Scholastic, Ages 15 up.
—Heidi Hauser Green