Winner of the 14th annual Delacorte Prize, Breaking Boxes
just may break your heart. It's the story of a loner named Charlie Calmont, his older brother Trent, and how they get by after both of their parents are gone. Most of the time Charlie feels lucky: Trent never hassles him, and, for the most part, they get on fine with fish sticks and canned vegetables. The calm disappears, though, when Charlie gets suspended for fighting with guys at school who care more about the kind of shoes he wears than who Charlie is on the inside. In this alternately heart-warming and heart-breaking tale, A. M. Jenkins tells what happens to Charlie after he befriends one of the guys who tried to beat him up. What is
a friend, anyway? How will Charlie, who's never had many friends, know when it's appropriate to open his heart for a new friend or when it's time to shut himself off from the world and act cool?
From Publishers Weekly
According to PW, "Though the plot may read like an after-school special on accepting homosexuals, [the first-person narrator's] funny, angry voice will keep up readers' interest." Ages 14-up. (Feb.) .- funny, angry voice will keep up readers' interest." Ages 14-up. (Feb.) n
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