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*Starred Review* At long last, here is a superhero story for the rest of us. Streetwise Shreve, 15, is serving a two-year stint in juvie, but at least his sideline—dealing candy—keeps things interesting. Enter new roommate Jack, a haunted 13-year-old (a “titty-baby” in juvie terms) rumored to have killed his parents and put five kids into the hospital. Jack has 12 fingers. That’s weird. Even weirder? When angered, he can “go explodey”—psychically hurl people across the room. No wonder other parties are, shall we say, interested. Mr. Quincrux, an ominously bland fellow in a black suit, arrives to mentally invade the minds of Jack and Shreve and in the process accidentally lends Shreve a similar ability. What follows is miles away from the superhero battles you’re expecting. After the two boys bust out, they live the desperate existence of itinerate thieves as they struggle to control superpowers fueled by pain. Jacobs’ storytelling has the effortless velocity of early Dean Koontz, and his prose is textured with hard-boiled grit: each kid’s supernatural flexing causes nosebleeds and vomiting, not to mention the realistic mangling of innocent people. An expertly spiced stew of attitude, humor, horror, and grief—and with a movie-ready plot to boot. Sequels? Probably. Let’s make that hopefully. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

About the Author

John Hornor Jacobs has worked in advertising for the last fifteen years, played in bands, and pursued art in various forms. He is the author of the adult novels Southern Gods (Night Shade Books), which was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and This Dark Earth (Gallery/Pocket Books). The Twelve-Fingered Boy is his first work for young adults.

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  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab TM; 1 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M74WBU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas X. P. Sharps VINE VOICE on February 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed John Hornor Jacobs's THIS DARK EARTH so much that I had to read more of his work. Fortunately Jacobs has two other published books on shelves - the southern gothic, Lovecraftian horror of SOUTHERN GODS, and the YA thriller THE TWELVE-FINGERED BOY. I'm eager to start SOUTHERN GODS but I couldn't pass the opportunity to read a Young Adult book about a kid with twelve fingers that has a form of telekinesis.

Shreveport Cannon has lived a hard life, at fifteen years old he's suffered more than his fair share. He's learned to look out for himself, and he's used his street smarts to keep his skin intact during his stint at Casimir Pulaski Juvenile Detention Center for Boys. When Jack Graves is introduced to the eco-system of Casimir Pulaski things get...weird. Jack has twelve fingers and twelve toes, but that's not the strangest thing about him. When he gets mad or feels threatened Jack explodes with telekinetic force. And there are those that seek to acquire Jack and his ability, nasty customers like the menacing Mr. Quincrux.

THE TWELVE-FINGERED BOY is told in the first person by juvenile delinquent Shreveport "Shreve" Cannon. Shreve's voice is highly unique. He's likable with an edged wisdom that bespeaks his difficult lot in life. For a fifteen year old he's had the majority of his naivety burned away by circumstance but what remains is intelligence and a surprising compassion. Shreve quickly takes to Jack, despite his reluctance to being saddled with fresh blood. Looking back I'm surprised at how little is learned about Jack over the course of the novel. He too, is likable, and the relationship that matures between the two boys is convincing.

It's a relationship that grows and changes as the boys grow and change.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane Tebbetts on February 28, 2013
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What Nick Hornby says is that the best fiction going these days is "young adult" fiction. John Horner Jacobs' new young adult novel is good evidence Hornby's right. Jacobs gives us two highly sympathetic characters who we like even knowing their flaws. He gives us a bad guy whose motives are mysterious. He gives us a a bit of fantasy in these characters' superpowers, which include mind-reading. He creates tense moments that build to a great climax that leaves us wanting what the two promised follow-up books will bring. And he shows us how the characters grow not only in power but in moral depth. This is what J. K. Rowling would have written if Harry was in juvie instead of Hogwarts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thetoothdoc1 on February 14, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters are terrifically flawed yet likable and the story is extraordinary and imaginative. It's dark and spooky at times and irreverent, shocking and real at others. It's one of those books that I couldn't wait to finish - I read late into the night just to see what happened next. It was hard to put down, and that's exactly the kind of book I love. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MyBookishWays on February 25, 2014
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15 year old Shreveport (Shreve) Cannon is doing a 2 year stint in the Casimir Pulaski Juvenile Detention Center for Boys for stealing a neighbor’s truck, which ended in a barrage of bullets (from the neighbor’s gun.) The momentary urge to get away from his alcoholic mom and the rundown trailer park that made up his life was just too strong, and he’s paying for it. However, Casimir isn’t so bad. After all, he’s got a great racket dealing candy, three square meals a day, and he doesn’t have to take care of his mom, or endure her volatile temper. He does miss his little brother, Vig, but there’s nothing he can do about that. He even has an uneasy understanding with Assistant Warden Horace Booth. Life at Casimir has its own easy rhythm for Shreve, until he gets a new roommate.

13 year old Jack Graves is quiet and withdrawn, and more different than Shreve ever imagined. Jack has 6 fingers on each hand, but that’s not what makes him so different. When Jack gets upset, or angry and holds those hands out, you’d better take cover, because all hell is about to break loose, and as for Jack’s power, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Soon Jack is visited by Mr. Quincrux and his rather creepy, and hungry, assistant. Quincrux wants one thing: Jack, and he’ll stop at nothing to get him. The problem is that Shreve has grown pretty fond of Jack, and he’s not going to let him go without a fight, even if Quincrux can crawl into a person’s mind and command them like a meat puppet. The boys are bustin’ out of Casimir, and are on the run for their lives, because Quincrux’s influence is wide, and very, very deep.

While reading this one, I frequently thought of The Talisman, by Stephen King.
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Dealing candy at the Casimir Pulaski Juvenile Detention Center was easy, way too easy for someone like Shreve. Booth was always watching him, but no way could he catch a shrewd dude like him. Shreveport Justice Cannon wasn't a loose cannon by any means and he learned a lot from the school of hard knocks. Moms was a drunk and tending to his younger brother, Vig, gave him a purpose in life, but until Jack Graves became his roomie in juvie he only had that candy. Heaths and Blow Pops were as good as gold in Casimir. Assistant Warden Horace Booth, who was determined to catch Shreve, was digging for it in his nose when he thought no one was looking.

Thirteen-year-old Jack was one of those kids who cried himself to sleep so it looked like he needed to be looked after kind of like Vig. "You got like a gajillion fingers," Shreve blurted out when he saw Jack's hands. It was really kind of a freaky thing and Jack didn't appreciate the commentary, least ways the thing about being in a circus. A strange "thing" emanating from Jack pushed Shreve back. "No!" This kid had more than a gajillion fingers, he had some sort of power. Shreve shouldn't have said anything about those fingers, but he wanted to listen to Mr. Quincrux interview Jack and needed to bribe Ox so he could listen through his wall.

"Your former foster brother will live ..." This kid's powers were seriously strong and Quincrux wanted him for some reason. Jack had defeated "five older children in hand-to-hand combat." Shreve's powers began to quickly emerge and he remembered what happened when Quincrux got into his head. Quincrux's "residue or something was left behind," and Shreve was soon able to read minds and take control of other people's bodies.
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