Falling Boy

Falling Boy

by Alison McGhee
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Falling Boy by Alison McGhee

"Did you really rescue your mother from a fate worse than death on a cliff overlooking the sea?"

After a mysterious accident left him paralyzed, sixteen-year-old Joseph finds himself living with his father in Minneapolis and working hot summer days in a bakery. What happened to the life he used to live? How did he come to be here? Although they approach the mystery in different ways, two people in Joseph's new life—seventeen-year-old Zap, who also works in the bakery, and Enzo, a fierce and funny nine-year-old girl—both want to find out.

"Are you really a superhero?" whispers Enzo, who secretly longs for her world to be transformed. "Please be a superhero."

Stoically quiet, Joseph has never thought of himself as a superhero, especially now that he is in a wheelchair and can't feel his legs. But others disagree. Who is the hero? Who is the enemy? Is redemption possible, and if so, where is it to be found? In Alison McGhee's strange and powerful Falling Boy, a small band of tough kids turn the myth of the superhero inside out as they face down the shadows of childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312425920
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)

About the Author

Alison McGhee is the author of Rainlight, Was It Beautiful?, and the NBC Today show's Today's Book Club pick Shadow Baby. She also writes books for young adults and children. Her short fiction and poetry have been published widely in literary magazines.

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Falling Boy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Irishzig14 More than 1 year ago
When I first choose this book it was for the cover and what the flap of the book had to say, "are you really a superhero?" definitely intrigued me. I'll admit that I found some characters irritating at first and was annoyed with what seemed like a lack of story however, by the end of the book I realized I was just reading too much into everything, I was being Enzo (one of the characters). This story is simply real; keep your feet on the ground because this one could really happen and that's what I ended up liking most about it.