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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429947541304 Pages, Ages 12-18
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.
USBBY Outstanding International Book, USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Book
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.