Josh Stephenson's thirteenth year starts with a baffling sequence of events. His seventeen-year-old girl cousin moves into his house, making his bedroom a corridor, he devises a truancy plan to escape the embarrassment he suffers at school, and his estranged father sends him a stuffed falcon for his birthday. And on top of all that, he's in love but wondering if dreams of love can ever come true. Josh goes to his secret hollow on the beach, a rocky outcropping along Iceland's rugged coast, to try to work out if his life is being sucked into a black hole or if this is just being thirteen. Written with passion and humor, this coming-of-age novel explores the juxtaposition of teenage angst and ecstasy.
by Barry Lyga
by Gordon Korman
by Nancy Krulik
by G. Brian Karas
"As soon as Josh Stephenson turns 13, his whole life is turned upside down. Todd Haberkorn lightheartedly tells Josh's story, keeping Josh's inquisitiveness and confusion in his tone as he encounters the first signs of puberty, including his first major crush and his reaction to an older girl cousin taking over the bathroom for bubble baths. Haberkorn's mastery of voices is notable due to the many characters and conversations that make up Josh's life. The uncertainty and incredulity in Haberkorn's tone serve as a constant reminder of how unprepared a 13-year-old boy can be for all the changes that take place. C.C. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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