With his shaved head and begging bowl the new kid is an automatic target for the bully boys of Edward Rucher High, an easy mark for their casual cruelty. Watching this, Justin would gladly stay as far from the newcomer as possible, until their economics teacher pairs them for a project and he finds himself becoming fascinated by the kid the others mock as "Buddha Boy". The thing is, friendship with an outcast always carries a price, and soon Justin must decide if he can stay silent in the face of what he knows.
A scorching portrait of contemporary high school life, featuring a character listeners will never forget.
Audie Award Winner, Audio Drama, 2005
"Koja accomplishes quite a feat...A compelling introduction to Buddhism and a credible portrait of how true friendship brings out the best in people." (Publishers Weekly)
"Buddha Boy has a whole lot of action compressed into a short time span, but Koja admirably refuses to yield to melodramatic writing or black-and-white solutions. Quickly paced, inviting, and eye-opening, this is a marvelous addition to YA literature." (School Library Journal)
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- Abby Goldsmith
Brilliant story performed by a great cast.
Yes. I have actually requested this audiobook to several friends already. The main lesson within the story and how it is brought out through the telling is very well done.
I don't know any other books similar to this one to compare. If anyone knows any i would like to know.
I got a better grasp of the emotion of the characters.
My reaction to this book is thoughtfulness about how bullying can happen and how friendship can help dull its cutting edge.
Well written and well performed.
- Marcus "I am a massive fan of fantasy books."