Lucky Linderman doesn't want to wake up...?
Lucky Linderman has been the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying for as long as he can remember. But he has a secret—one that helps him wade through the mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos, where his grandfather, who never came home from the Vietnam War, is still trapped. There, Lucky can be a real man and maybe even a hero. But how long can he keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside? Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you—and taking a stand against it.
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by A.S. King
by Dean Hughes
by Eric Dinerstein
by Alexandra Bracken
by Katja Millay
by A.S. Byatt
by Claire King
by Dave King
by Laurie R. King
"Meet Lucky Linderman, a bullied and nearly suicidal teenager. Lucky stays sane through a vivid dreamscape that plays in his mind. In his dreams, he attempts to rescue his grandfather, a POW-MIA, from the Vietnamese jungle. In reality, Lucky and his mother flee to Arizona where Lucky gains some much needed perspective. Kirby Heyborne makes Lucky's fantasies believable. With an intimate reading, Heyborne keeps listeners inside Lucky's world rather than at a distance. Heyborne's biggest challenge is not the dream shifts but the temporal shifts that take place as Lucky revisits his freshman year. Heyborne speaks in an even, contemplative voice, introducing each section clearly, but the timeframes are still confusing. His low-key reading does not always amplify the violence of the jungle scenes, but the story's bully is properly menacing. Overall, Heyborne delivers a powerful, inventive story of redemption. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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