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12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn

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Publisher Comments:

James “Hercules” Martino has until the end of the summer (a.k.a. two weeks) to accomplish the

twelve tasks given to him by his Uncle Anthony. The tasks will take him to the far reaches of Baltimore, lead him to a Beautiful and Unattainable Woman, and change the way he sees his past, present, and future.

Spare in words, but abundant in big ideas and laugh out loud humor, James Proimos has crafted a novel for any teenager whos ever had a complicated relationship with a parent. In other words, everyone.

Review:

"Time and again, picture-book creator Proimos has demonstrated a rock-solid sense of humor and outside-the-box thinking. His first book for teens is no different, opening a promising new chapter in his career. Sixteen-year-old James Martino, nicknamed Hercules, is spending the summer in Baltimore with his Uncle Anthony, who has given him a list of 12 tasks to accomplish (one even involves cleaning a stable). It's meant to stave off boredom and maybe help Hercules deal with the recent death of his father, a beloved self-help author and talk-show host. Beloved by all but Hercules, that is, who eulogizes his father thusly: 'He was an ass.' In chapters lasting just a page or so, Hercules gives a blunt and blisteringly funny account of his misadventures ('Horses are running everywhere. We are in the jeep. Chasing them. Through streets. Through other people's farms. Through hell and high water, really'), which revolve around his efforts to reconnect with a 'Strange Beautiful Unattainable Woman' from the train to Baltimore. Proimos fully inhabits the mind and voice of his hero, whose almost mythic journey offers moments hilarious, heartbreaking, and triumphant. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

James Proimos is married to a Beautiful and Attainable Woman and they live on a small

horse farm outside of Baltimore. He has written several books for children, but this is his first

novel for young adults.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596435957
Author:
Proimos, James
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Social Issues/Death
Subject:
Dying
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 13
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14 up to 19

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Time and again, picture-book creator Proimos has demonstrated a rock-solid sense of humor and outside-the-box thinking. His first book for teens is no different, opening a promising new chapter in his career. Sixteen-year-old James Martino, nicknamed Hercules, is spending the summer in Baltimore with his Uncle Anthony, who has given him a list of 12 tasks to accomplish (one even involves cleaning a stable). It's meant to stave off boredom and maybe help Hercules deal with the recent death of his father, a beloved self-help author and talk-show host. Beloved by all but Hercules, that is, who eulogizes his father thusly: 'He was an ass.' In chapters lasting just a page or so, Hercules gives a blunt and blisteringly funny account of his misadventures ('Horses are running everywhere. We are in the jeep. Chasing them. Through streets. Through other people's farms. Through hell and high water, really'), which revolve around his efforts to reconnect with a 'Strange Beautiful Unattainable Woman' from the train to Baltimore. Proimos fully inhabits the mind and voice of his hero, whose almost mythic journey offers moments hilarious, heartbreaking, and triumphant. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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