Jack Tumor

Anthony McGowan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Hector is being hectored by an unlikely bully: a talking brain tumor. And it’s not just a talking brain tumor. It’s a know-it-all, pain-in-the-arse, jibber-jabbering brain tumor that names itself Jack, and insists on coaching Hector through life even as it’s threatening to take his life away. It’s a pretty good coach, actually. With Jack in control of Hector’s speech and brain chemicals, Hector suddenly finds himself with a cool haircut, a new fashion sense, and tactics for snogging previously unattainable hottie Uma Upshaw. But when Jack begins to force increasingly questionable decisions and behavior, Hector has to find a way to turn the tables – before it’s too late for both of them.

Delightfully twisted, desperately funny, and deeply moving, this novel is also the winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize in the United Kingdom.

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Well, that’s what I heard. I don’t know if that’s what he really said because that was his .rst word and I don’t know if he was just learning to speak then or if maybe I was learning to hear but that’s what it sounded like.
I stopped what I was doing. What I was doing was reading, although I wasn’t really reading, more just turning over the pages with the letters .oating around like astronauts in zero gravity.
I must have said it aloud because some of the other people in the waiting room looked around

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Praise for Jack Tumor

“Hector confronts both his hormones and his mortality with wisdom.” —Starred, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“McGowan laces plenty of pratfalls, Brit-slang, libidinous adolescent chatter, and stock comic supporting characters into his tale, but centers it around a protagonist (or two, depending on how one counts) so intelligent, vulnerable, and generally decent that readers will be won over.” —Booklist

“Lots of laughs.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The love-hate relationship between Hector and his alter ego is engaging.” —School Library Journal

“McGowan injects plenty of humor.” Publishers Weekly

"The most interesting part of the book is definitely the character, Jack Tumor . . . The boy and brain tumor conversations make you keep on reading."—A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader

"This book is funny."—A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader

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About the Author

Anthony McGowan

ANTHONY MCGOWAN has written books for children, teens, and adults. His previous young adult novel, Hellbent, was declared “a brilliantly nauseating thriller” by the London Times. He lives in North London.

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Jack Tumor
Anthony McGowan


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2009
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ISBN: 9781429947541
ISBN10: 1429947543
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 890L
AR Quiz Number: 136010
AR Book Level: 4.3
AR Points: 9


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