Finding Stinko

Michael de Guzman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Newboy hasn’t spoken in three years. One morning he opened his mouth and nothing came out. He doesn’t know why he stopped talking, but what he does know is that he’s through with the state child-care system. In twelve years he’s lived in eleven foster homes, and the Knoxes are the worst of the bunch. Now, with no voice, no family, and no exact plan, Newboy is running away for good. Living on the streets means danger and excitement around every corner, but the one thing Newboy never expected to find is a companion in the form of an old ventriloquist dummy lying in a Dumpster – a puppet with no hands, backward feet, and a chunk of its nose missing. Amazingly, this beat-up doll whom he dubs “Stinko” possesses a kind of magic that helps Newboy rediscover his ability to communicate.
 
This is a fast-paced adventure about a runaway kid figuring out not just what he’s searching for but also what he has to say.
 
Finding Stinko is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Finding Stinko
Three years later ...1 / Hard KnoxThe military nature of the foster establishment run by Mr. and Mrs. Knox was a big problem for Newboy. Mrs. Knox wrote a daily schedule. Mr. Knox posted it on the corkboard by the doorless doorways to the two rooms where the boys slept, three to a room. The schedule told them where to be and when to be there and what they were supposed to do.Wake-up was at 5:30, 6:30 on weekends. Breakfast was a half hour later. That lasted twenty minutes. Cleanup lasted ten. They had half an hour to make their beds and clean their rooms.

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"Honest in its portrayal of a boy who's been on his own since birth . . . a powerful thumbnail of that harsh existence."  —Kirkus Reviews
 
"Readers will be riveted by Newboy’s experiences." —Booklist
 
“This parable of survival is riveting and yet manages a tender element while never lacking in bravado.”—School Library Journal
 
"The lad's plaintive musings . . . adds a tender note to this creatively layered, touching story." —Publishers Weekly
 
"Unapologetically portrays life as full of danger and not for the faint of heart; and something always made better—fuller—with partners in crime." —The Horn Book
 
"Finding Stinko is a remarkable novel." —Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

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About the Author

Michael de Guzman

MICHAEL DE GUZMAN is a former screenwriter and the author of several books for young readers, including The Bamboozlers. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Finding Stinko
Michael de Guzman

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781466809956
ISBN10: 1466809957
Middle-Grade Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374323059
ISBN10: 0374323054
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Range: 5 and up
$16.99
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