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Hocus Focus (Volume 1) Paperback – December 20, 2008
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About the Author
I was born a poor white boy in a little Ohio hicktown up north (Willard: where the men are men & the sheep are nervous) and moved to southwestern OH in 1998. Now I'm an older albino leperboy who works too much (I teach, therefore I'm insane). So far I've written one novel, Hocus Focus, published in 2008, and one graphic novel, Valedictorian USA, which is being published issue by issue. There are samples of Valedictorian on the book's section of my site (click the title on the main menu). Please buy a copy if you like what you see. Also, I recently finished a web comic strip series called Clyde the Redneck. What am I working on now? Well, for now: a memoir mini-comic series called Crackerstacker, and a few assorted comic book series and one-shots. Stay tuned!
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Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down - the story flows along quickly, and I couldn't wait to see what Lenny would do after he met the mysterious Dr. Third. I think this story would make a very fun movie! I at least hope the author considers writing a sequel so we can find out what Lenny will do next!
The doctor fits him with a special pair of contacts that gives him bizarre sights of the other kids in school, along with most of the teachers. Lenny soon meets Pauline, a girl at the school who everyone thinks is autistic, and he finds out why he was given the special contact lenses.
Stephen Hines is a fantastic writer with the ability to understand issues of young adults. He takes the reader into the mind and emotions of the characters.
Lenny and his mother move to Ohio for a fresh start and Lenny needs to get new eye contacts before schoo...l starts. Dr. Third, the local eye doctor, hooks Lenny up with some "very special" new lenses. Only Lenny doesn't find out just how special until his first day at school, where he finds out that the kids and teachers at his new school are not your normal high school attendants.
Witty, fun and just plain weird, Hocus Focus is a book that any teen reader and adult will enjoy, especially if they like punk rock and skating (not necessary though). Stephen Hines knows how to hold your attention even after you're done reading the book. I still chuckle at some of the things Lenny sees with his contacts, because I can relate to my own school days. Hocus Focus a story about coming of age, falling in love and rocking your way to adulthood, with more than a few twists along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.
The added twist is the contact lenses Lenny gets from a local eye doctor, causing him to see weird images of teachers and classmates. Without giving too much away, it's what drives Lenny to understand his place and be a stronger young man than he ever thought he could be--all this as time is running out.
A fun, unique read that shouldn't be missed.
For anyone's who has ever felt like the odd man out or like maybe you just don't quite fit in, you'll definitely enjoy this inspiring book. Mine also had a free guitar pick!