Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The One Where the Kid Nearly Jumps to His Death and Lands in California by Mary Hershey


Alastair, 15 and also known as "Stump," is forced to spend the summer in California with his father and stepmother. Alastair has been angry with his father since a ski trip they went on when he was 8, during which he jumped off the ski lift, resulting in a broken leg that led to amputation. Alastair meets a girl and to impress her he enteres a triathlon, but still needs to learn how to swim!

6 Comments:

At March 13, 2008 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Anne Keller said...

Didn't read this one yet.

 
At March 31, 2008 at 9:36 AM , Blogger Deb Motley said...

I get very frustrated when protagonists don't say what's on their minds. But then I have to remind myself that is what teenagers do. I thought this book was very good at showing the angry teenager and also the humor. Good balance, good book.

 
At April 13, 2008 at 8:55 AM , Blogger Iris said...

I enjoyed the book, I'm having a hard time getting my teens interested.. I think the cover doesn't help matters.

 
At May 11, 2008 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

I loved this one. I loved the angry teen who doesn't quite know why but knows how to piss of the adults that piss him off. In my top picks of the top 20.

 
At May 19, 2008 at 9:11 AM , Blogger Patty said...

I liked this book quite a bit but it took me a while to get into it. There were many times that I forgot that Alastair only has one leg. I don't know if that's purposeful, but even during the big race at the end, I would have thought that he would have more physical limitations than what he displayed (especially with the only ankle being a bum ankle!)It was a good portrayal, though, of impulsive behavior, which teenagers display quite a bit! This is not my favorite out of the 20, though. I say within the top 5 so far.

 
At May 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM , Blogger Mary R said...

I had a hard time getting into this one since I didn't really care for Stump at first. The book grew on me the farther I read. He was displaying typical teen behavior and maybe our teens can relate to his rotten attitude.

 

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