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Defect

Will Weaver

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Maybe it was bad karma. Maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever the reason, fifteen-year-old David was born defective. His bug eyes, pinched face, and hearing aids are obvious, but there is a secret David keeps from everyone, even his foster parents. Because of a thin layer of skin hidden under each arm, David can fly--well, glide is more like it. Terrified of doctors, wary of letting down his guard, David is determined to hide his secret at any cost. But then David meets Cheetah, a girl whose own defect doesn't diminish her spirit, and suddenly his life begins to take wing.
 
In this arresting new novel, Will Weaver creates an unforgettable character on the path to discovering that some blessings can be a curse--and some curses a blessing.
Maybe it was bad karma. Maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever the reason, fifteen-year-old David was born defective. His bug eyes, pinched face, and hearing aids are obvious, but there is a secret David keeps from everyone, even his foster parents. Because of a thin layer of skin hidden under each arm, David can fly--well, glide is more like it. Terrified of doctors, wary of letting down his guard, David is determined to hide his secret at any cost. But then David meets Cheetah, a girl whose own defect doesn't diminish her spirit, and suddenly his life begins to take wing.
 
In this arresting new novel, Will Weaver creates an unforgettable character on the path to discovering that some blessings can be a curse--and some curses a blessing.

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Defect
1The fight is going down tonight. By the time school lets out, word has spread. Even the Student Council types who have thrown the rare "Hey" David's way turn their backs on him."Just because you look weird, that's no reason why you have to act weird," kids whisper."If people like David just tried to fit in, they wouldn't have so much trouble.""It's really not Kael's fault."That would be Kael Grimes, David's main tormentor. David's ingrown hair. David's zit that never goes away. This is Minnesota, where people stare at anything new or different, but Kael has been watching him for eight
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Praise for Defect

"Artful melding of fantastical elements in a realistic setting...Moreover, David and Cheetah are such empathetic characters and their relationship so palatable that the larger message about tolerance and self-acceptance will not be missed." —School Library Journal
 
“The eerie cover and enticing premise will draw readers in for a big payoff.”—Booklist
 
"Told with sensitivity and insight, this exploraiton of a young man's journety to self-acceptance seems particularly compelling in a world of extreme makeovers."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Weaver . . . skillfully interweaves the improbable with twenty-first-century realities in this provocative novel."—VOYA
 
“Weaver’s message of acceptance of differences comes through loud and clear.”—The Horn Book
 
"A touching story that has a lot to say about whether we wear our bodies or they wear us."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
"Readers will have much to ponder." —IRA
 
"This book should prompt interesting and productive discussions about differences, identitity and tolerance with high school students."— The ALAN Review
"Artful melding of fantastical elements in a realistic setting...Moreover, David and Cheetah are such empathetic characters and their relationship so palatable that the larger message about tolerance and self-acceptance will not be missed." —School Library Journal
 
“The eerie cover and enticing premise will draw readers in for a big payoff.”—Booklist
 
"Told with sensitivity and insight, this exploraiton of a young man's journety to self-acceptance seems particularly compelling in a world of extreme makeovers."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Weaver . . . skillfully interweaves the improbable with twenty-first-century realities in this provocative novel."—VOYA
 
“Weaver’s message of acceptance of differences comes through loud and clear.”—The Horn Book
 
"A touching story that has a lot to say about whether we wear our bodies or they wear us."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
"Readers will have much to ponder." —IRA
 
"This book should prompt interesting and productive discussions about differences, identitity and tolerance with high school students."— The ALAN Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Will Weaver

  • WILL WEAVER is the author of numerous books for young adults. His most recent novel, Full Service, was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, hailed it as “pitch perfect” and “superb.” He lives in Bemidji, Minnesota..
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Defect

Will Weaver

Minnesota Book Award Finalist
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