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ISBN13: 9781599901602
ISBN10: 1599901609
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This is the one of the best young adult novels of the year, and is without a doubt among the best-written young adult books I have ever read. Sprout is the story of Daniel Bradford (his nickname is Sprout; note the green hair on the cover), a smart, funny misfit in his small Kansas town. He's got a dead mother, a depressed father, a self-absorbed best friend, and a drunken mentor — meaning he's basically figuring out life and love all on his own.

Funny, real, and touching, this book is such a compelling read that I found myself picking it up to re-read only weeks after I finished it the first time (in a single night!). The whole story feels like a puzzle where we are slowly figuring out who Sprout is while he, in turn, is figuring out for himself how he fits in the world.
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How many secrets can you hide in plain sight?

Sprout Bradford has a secret. It's not what you think — he'll tell you he's gay. He'll tell you about his dad's drinking and his mother's death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds hes had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible. Sprout is both hilarious and gripping; a story of one boy at odds with the expected.

Synopsis:

How many secrets can you hide in plain sight?
 
Sprout Bradford has a secret. Its not what you think—hell tell you hes gay. Hell tell you about his dads drinking and his mothers death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds hes had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible. Sprout is both hilarious and gripping; a story of one boy at odds with the expected.

Synopsis:

When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, it proves impossible to hold. An incredible, literary story of a boy who knows he's gay, and the town that seems to have no place for him to hide.

About the Author

DALE PECK is the author of the Drift House novels for intermediate readers as well as many critically acclaimed novels and books of essays for adults, including Martin and John and Now Its Time to Say Goodbye. He lives in New York City.

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Becky Laney, May 27, 2009 (view all comments by Becky Laney)
Meet Sprout. The green-haired wonder of a boy who doesn't have it all figured out. He's got some things figured out: he knows he's gay; he knows his father is an alcoholic. But he doesn't have his life all figured out. (Does anybody? If they say they do, are they are lying?) Since his mom died, Sprout's life has been, well, weird.

Sprout is an eccentric teen, no doubt. And it's more than just his green hair. One teacher, Mrs. Miller, notices his genius, his gift for writing, his gift with words. She sees in him a chance to win big. The essay-writing contest. He just needs some polishing, something that she's more than willing to do day after summer day. And since Sprout isn't that popular a kid, he's got the time to spare. Will a summer spent in private with the teacher change a boy's life forever? Maybe, maybe not.

The narrative is practically perfect. Wit. Humor. Heart. This book has everything that I needed and wanted. Loved the writing of this one.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781599901602
Author:
Peck, Dale
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Kansas
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Social Issues - Homosexuality
Subject:
Family - Parents
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.07 x 5.33 x 1 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 288 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781599901602 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This is the one of the best young adult novels of the year, and is without a doubt among the best-written young adult books I have ever read. Sprout is the story of Daniel Bradford (his nickname is Sprout; note the green hair on the cover), a smart, funny misfit in his small Kansas town. He's got a dead mother, a depressed father, a self-absorbed best friend, and a drunken mentor — meaning he's basically figuring out life and love all on his own.

Funny, real, and touching, this book is such a compelling read that I found myself picking it up to re-read only weeks after I finished it the first time (in a single night!). The whole story feels like a puzzle where we are slowly figuring out who Sprout is while he, in turn, is figuring out for himself how he fits in the world.

"Synopsis" by ,
How many secrets can you hide in plain sight?
 
Sprout Bradford has a secret. Its not what you think—hell tell you hes gay. Hell tell you about his dads drinking and his mothers death. The green fingerprints everywhere tell you when he last dyed his hair. But neither the reader nor Sprout are prepared for what happens when Sprout suddenly finds hes had a more profound effect on the lives around him than he ever thought possible. Sprout is both hilarious and gripping; a story of one boy at odds with the expected.
"Synopsis" by ,
When Sprout and his father move from Long Island to Kansas after the death of his mother, he is sure he will find no friends, no love, no beauty. But friends find him, the strangeness of the landscape fascinates him, and when love shows up in an unexpected place, it proves impossible to hold. An incredible, literary story of a boy who knows he's gay, and the town that seems to have no place for him to hide.
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