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

By Hershey, Mary Jane Lederach

Publishers Summary:
“Mom didn't think it was funny when I took off my leg at school, put it in my locker, and then tied a rag around my stump with fake blood on it. After that, though, the kids at school pretty much knew if anyone was going to be cracking jokes about my leg, it was gonna be me.” So says thirteen-year-old Alastair Hudson in this darkly humorous comingof- age story about the relationship between Alastair—who calls himself Stump to draw shocked attention to his missing leg—and his father, who left the family after the accident that resulted in the amputation five years earlier. When Alastair is sent to spend the summer with his dad and his dad's new wife, father and son are forced to confront the truth of what happened years ago, finally allowing Alastair to move forward with his life.

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ISBN
978-1-59514-150-7
Publisher
Razorbill


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2007

Gr 7-Up When he was eight, Alastair leapt from a ski-lift chair. Now 15, he's relatively OK about the ensuing amputation of one leg below the knee, but is livid about being forced to spend the summer in California with his father, "the jerk who ruined our lives," and his new wife. No matter that Skyla is a good-looking fitness fiend, a double amputee, or that she is rich, with a beautiful beach house and employees to meet his every whim: he's not going to be a nice guy, and Dad is going to suffer. Enamored of Jesse, a 15-year-old soap-ope...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2007

Alastair, a thirteen-year-old amputee, is forced to summer with his absentee father, whom he blames for his injury. T...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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