Jonathan Friesen delivers a nuanced, critically acclaimed debut with this affecting tale of fathers and sons. High-schooler Sam’s struggle with Tourette’s syndrome is made more difficult by Old Bill, his abusive stepfather, who kicks Sam out of the home following graduation. When Sam meets a friend of his dead father, however, he begins a journey toward understanding that might also help him accept who he is.
“The story is compelling … and the excitement of [Sam’s] journey [keeps] readers turning the pages to see what’s around the bend.” (School Library Journal)
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