School's out in Big River, Iowa, and Tex Donleavy, a kid who keeps his nose in the books and his deformed right hand deep in his pocket, is looking forward to a blissful summer in the company of Linda Volesky, the vivacious beauty who happens to be his father's girlfriend. Instead, Tex gets dumped on his mother's doorstep, where Farley Dickerson, the big oaf she's just married, and his two kids have made themselves at home. Nobody's more surprised than Tex, then, when he discovers he likes his new stepfather, that he actually wants to spend the summer at Mom's, and that he - Tex Donleavy - is going to play ball on Farley's Little League team. And then there's the plucky and brooding Jack, Farley's daughter, who becomes Tex's closest ally, as well as his greatest source of confusion. In all, it's shaping up to be a summer full of surprises - though nothing can prepare Tex for the biggest surprise of all, a secret so terrible that it will change the lives of every member of his family.
Through his careful, lyrical prose, Tim Johnston expertly balances the pain of inching toward maturity with sly humor, making his fiction debut an auspicious occasion.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.84(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.94(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Tim Johnston lives in Los Angeles, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A driven book with a unique literary style of compact sentences. Even the pauses are in just the right places. Tim Johnston did to Sexual abuse what Laurie Hals Anderson did to eating disorders in Wintergirls. He looked it in the eye, dissected it, and offered it raw on a plate. The only condiment he offers with it, is the beautiful tight language of his prose, and the real life that surrounds it. A life of baseball and true-to-life characters; of functional and dysfunctional families; a life where issues such as a physical disability, and gender are dealt with by the main young adult characters, a life where even school bullies have many shades of greyness, and no one is totally unredeemable. I will reread it. I will give it to my son on his thirteenth birthday.