By A. S. King
Fortunate Linderman didn't ask for his existence. He didn't ask his grandfather to not come domestic from the Vietnam conflict. He didn't ask for a father who by no means received over it. He didn't ask for a mom who retains pretending their dysfunctional relatives is ok. And he didn't ask to be the objective of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has eventually long past too far.
But fortunate has a secret--one that is helping him battle through the day-by-day mundane torture of his existence. In his goals, fortunate escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos--the legal his grandfather couldn't escape--where fortunate could be a genuine guy, an adventurer, and a hero. It's harmful and wild, and it's a spot the place his lifestyles simply can be worthy dwelling. yet how lengthy can fortunate continue hiding in his goals prior to truth forces its approach inside?
Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's clever, humorous and boldly unique writing shines during this strong novel approximately studying to deal with the shrapnel existence throws at you and taking a stand opposed to it
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I’ll wager that Jeffrey can barely sleep tonight with anticipation. I wonder if Doug Walters is as breathless and nervous as I am at the moment. I wonder if he can sleep tonight. I wonder if he’s ever seen a dead person. Jasper’s climb has slowed as he nears the branch. He’s shunting up by degrees. It’s true: it looks like a hard climb. You’d need to be strong and nimble. Looking at the stress and strain in Jasper’s arms and calves, I wonder how Jack Lionel could have done the same. It seems an unlikely feat.