Grand & Humble

Grand & Humble

by Brent Hartinger
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Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger

Two Teenage Boys, Both at a Crossroads...

Harlan and Manny are both seventeen years old, but they couldn't be more different. Harlan is an athlete with a beautiful girlfriend, the son of a powerful U.S. Senator, and possibly the most popular kid in his high school. Meanwhile, Manny is a quirky theater geek, the son of a struggling single father, and one of the school's least popular kids. And yet, Harlan and Manny both share the same sense of foreboding, a feeling that something is not right in each of their lives.

They have something else in common as well, even if they don't know it. Fourteen years ago, when they were both three years old, a tragedy occurred - an accident that would link the two boys together forever, even as it ultimately drove them apart. It's an event that both of them barely remember, but it still haunts them in the form of Harlan's premonitions and Manny's nightmares. Somehow both boys know that nothing will ever be right until they can each unravel the secret of the terrifying instant that lies at the center of both their lives.

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"An astonishing surprise ending, unlikely to be anticipated but fairly clued for the reader detective. The immensely talented author is a master of structure, but even without the stunt conclusion, the well-realized characters would grip readers of all ages."
- Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"Talk about a fork in the road!...[A] taut and clever thriller."
- Kliatt

"A taut, skillfully woven psychological thriller with an ending they'll never see coming; fans of coming age stories and clever plots will be absorbed by this haunting parable."
- BCCB

"This suspenseful novel also includes genuinely thought-provoking questions about why we are who we are, and how the smallest choices may have the largest consequences."
- TeenReads.com

Winner of the Washington State Book Award!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984679492
Publisher: BK Books
Publication date: 05/25/2016
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brent Hartinger has been a full-time author for many years, writing novels, plays, and screenplays. He lives in Washington State. Among his books are Geography Club and its sequel, The Order of the Poison Oak, as well as The Last Chance Texaco and Split Screen. Like Dave and his friends, as a teenager he resisted getting a job for as long as possible but finally was forced by his parents to go to work as a lifeguard at age sixteen. He still smells like coconut sunblock.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Two boys, who on the outside couldn't be more different. Harlan Chesterton is good looking, popular, the rich son of a prominent Senator. He's an ace on the school swim team, he's dating the beautiful Amber, his best friend, Ricky, has street cred. If it weren't for the debilitating panic attacks, along with the flashes of tragic premonition that Harlan experiences, his life would be perfect. After all, that's what his mother is aiming for--running the lives of her husband and son until every detail is absolutely perfect.

Manny Tucker, on the other hand, is a geek. A theater geek, to be exact. Never one to attract attention, Manny prefers working behind the scenes with the lighting, bringing the stars of the stage into perfect, shining glory. He's not popular, he's often picked on by the other kids in school, and his good friend, Elsa, is deaf. He likes working on the computer, coming up with movies to film with Elsa, and living a simple life with his single-father dad. Except lately he's been having vivid nightmares that seem to portend a tragic ending.

How is it that two boys, so far removed on both a social and financial level, should share the same feelings of dread and uncertainty that Harlan and Manny do? And how is the intersection of Grand and Humble, a scene which both see in their unwanted "visions" of either the past or future, involved?

GRAND & HUMBLE is an engaging mystery that delves into the paranormal. The result is a thriller with twists and turns and a surprise ending that will leave even the best of detectives guessing until the final page. Not to be missed by all lovers of a good, thought-provoking "what if" story, GRAND & HUMBLE is sure to please!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Athletic, good-looking, and smart, Harlan Chesterton is not only the student body president at his high school, he is also the son of a senator. He lives a charmed life, except for the fact that he has recently begun to have terrifying premonitions about his own death. Manny Tucker, a self-proclaimed geek and theater ¿techy,¿ lives with his single father who struggles financially, but the two of them are close until Manny dares to mention a nightmare--one of many--about his father. The two lead characters in Hartinger¿s novel attend the same high school and live in the same community, but they lead very different lives. They are both plagued, however, by the paranormal visions that seem to suggest an eerie and inexplicable connection. Hartinger alternates the voices in the novel, allowing the mystery of the boys¿ connection to unfold one chapter at a time. The story is, by turns, exciting, tender, and mysterious, and the unexpected ending will surprise and satisfy young adult readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two boys, who on the outside couldn't be more different. Harlan Chesterton is good looking, popular, the rich son of a prominent Senator. He's an ace on the school swim team, he's dating the beautiful Amber, his best friend, Ricky, has street cred. If it weren't for the debilitating panic attacks, along with the flashes of tragic premonition that Harlan experiences, his life would be perfect. After all, that's what his mother is aiming for--running the lives of her husband and son until every detail is absolutely perfect. Manny Tucker, on the other hand, is a geek. A theater geek, to be exact. Never one to attract attention, Manny prefers working behind the scenes with the lighting, bringing the stars of the stage into perfect, shining glory. He's not popular, he's often picked on by the other kids in school, and his good friend, Elsa, is deaf. He likes working on the computer, coming up with movies to film with Elsa, and living a simple life with his single-father dad. Except lately he's been having vivid nightmares that seem to portend a tragic ending. How is it that two boys, so far removed on both a social and financial level, should share the same feelings of dread and uncertainty that Harlan and Manny do? And how is the intersection of Grand and Humble, a scene which both see in their unwanted 'visions' of either the past or future, involved? GRAND & HUMBLE is an engaging mystery that delves into the paranormal. The result is a thriller with twists and turns and a surprise ending that will leave even the best of detectives guessing until the final page. Not to be missed by all lovers of a good, thought-provoking 'what if' story, GRAND & HUMBLE is sure to please!