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Grand & Humble by [Hartinger, Brent]
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Gr. 7-10. In alternating chapters, Hartinger introduces two high-school kids who seem to be worlds apart. Harlan, 17, the gorgeous, brilliant son of a rich senator, appears to have it all; he never notices that his dad is always busy or that his mom is a control freak. Manny, also 17, is a theater geek, the child of a poor, nurturing single-parent dad, who has secrets that he won't share with his son. But the boys are alike in at least one way: both have panic attacks and recurring nightmares about drowning and being hit by a truck. Harlan's battle with his demonic mother is too purposive (his panic attacks will stop if he stands up to her), and readers may be confused about who's dreaming what until the plot cleverly twists to reveal a surprise. The minor characters are nicely drawn, including Harlan's best friend, Ricky, who is gay. Manny's best friend, Elsa, is deaf, and their signing talk is relaxed and friendly. Best of all, though, is the edge-of-fantasy feel that will make readers ask, "What if?" Hazel Rochman
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"Two high school students--one a popular athlete and Senator's son, the other a geeky outsider--are troubled, by premonitions and nightmares respectively. In alternate chapters, they are brought to an astonishing surprise ending, unlikely to be anticipated but fairly clued for the reader detective. The immensely talented author is a master of structure, but even without the stunt conclusion, the well-realized characters would grip readers of all ages." (Highest Rating) - Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

"Suspense builds as the ominous dreams become more intense and each boy struggles to find a way past their fears. Parallels and double meanings abound in this tricky, but satisfying, double narrative. It`s all about fate and connections for the grand and the humble." - Kirkus Reviews

"This is a taut, skillfully woven psychological thriller with an ending they'll never see coming; fans of coming age stories and clever plots will be absorbed by this haunting parable." - The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

"There's a surprise twist at the end: talk about a fork in the road!...This taut and clever thriller by the author of [three other books] will appeal to mystery and suspense fans." - Kliatt

"The novel's surprising ending will inspire many to reread the story immediately, picking up on clues that they might have missed the first time around. In addition to being well-plotted, though, this suspenseful novel also includes genuinely thought-provoking questions about why we are who we are, and how the smallest choices may have the largest consequences." - TeenReads.com

"A brilliant twist near the end makes their worlds collide in a moment of epiphany. Grand & Humble is a wonderful story told with a sure and able hand. It is both a whodunit with tinges of the paranormal that tells the tale of two boys who have more in common than they could ever imagine and an allegorical tale of growing up." - Crime Spree Magazine

"Like a guided tour up the rickety, shadowy staircase in a haunted house, we follow Hartinger's tale, hearts pounding, until he reveals the ultimate collision of fates that will make you think twice about typecasting anyone ever again." - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Riveting...As soon as I read the amazing ending, I went back and re-read the book from this new perspective. In too many young adult books, the characters are stick figures spouting teen-speak. In Hartinger's books, they are respected, realistic individuals." - Puget Sound Parent

Product details

  • File Size: 2470 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BK Books; 2 edition (May 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EA1BGHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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