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All of us need a Ralph in our lives.

Chicago, 1978. Hank Boyd, a solid B+ student, a good kid, wants eighth grade to be his special year. But when Ralph, an oddball troublemaker who ' s been held back twice, gets the idea that he and Hank are pals, Hank's year devolves into an odyssey as frightening as it is hilarious.

John McNally, acclaimed author of Troublemakers, deftly portrays the astonishing, sometimes terrifying world of adolescence in 1970s America: The adult world becomes increasingly untrustworthy, the economy plummets, and families seem to be falling apart, yet the two boys manage to create their own small moments of transcendence.

At once wary and full of wonder, Hank and Ralph will win your heart with their outrageous, poignant, and occasionally scary antics — and they will teach you something about the ties that bind us together, hold us back, and redeem us.

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The delightfully original novel that Mitch Albom called "charming, sensitive, and at times flat-out hysterical." John McNally's unconventional coming-of-age tale describes the hilarious and poignant antics of two teenage boys and the moment of transcendence that can occur in everyday lives.

About the Author

John McNally is the author of two novels, The Book of Ralph and America's Report Card, and a short story collection, Troublemakers. His next book, Ghosts of Chicago, a collection of short stories, will be published this fall. A native of Chicago, he lives with his wife, Amy, in North Carolina, where he is associate professor of English at Wake Forest University. The first word he ever spoke was "Batman," who has remained, in his darker incarnations, his favorite superhero. John's first creative work, a play written in the fourth grade, featured an overweight superhero who gets stuck inside a phone booth while changing into his costume. He is happy to return to the genre, albeit thirty-four years later.

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bookloverxxv, August 13, 2011 (view all comments by bookloverxxv)
Screamingly funny young adult novel that manages to avoid smarminess. Love the relationship between the two main characters; what is it that I find so attractive about losers? A fantastic novel for young people with brains, right up there with MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD and LOWBOY.
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ISBN:
9780743257770
Author:
Mcnally, John
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
McNally, John
Subject:
General
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General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
May 2005
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
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8.44 x 5.5 in 14.035 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The delightfully original novel that Mitch Albom called "charming, sensitive, and at times flat-out hysterical." John McNally's unconventional coming-of-age tale describes the hilarious and poignant antics of two teenage boys and the moment of transcendence that can occur in everyday lives.
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