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One part Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.

Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.

Review:

"Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister 'pre-majoring in perfection,' while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger. Then something happens to make him the focus of his family's attention: he contracts mad cow disease. What takes place after he is hospitalized is either that a gorgeous angel persuades him to search for a cure that will also save the world, or that he has a vivid hallucination brought on by the disease. Either way, what readers have is an absurdist comedy in which Cameron, Gonzo (a neurotic dwarf) and Balder (a Norse god cursed to appear as a yard gnome) go on a quixotic road trip during which they learn about string theory, wormholes and true love en route to Disney World. Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans of her historical fantasies about Gemma Doyle, as she trains her satirical eye on modern education, American materialism and religious cults (the smoothie-drinking members of the Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack 'N' Bowl). Offer this to fans of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy seeking more inspired lunacy. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this darkly comedic road trip novel, seventeen year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged "Rapture" to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian's quest for the truth begins.

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all thats left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.

Synopsis:

One part Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.

Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.

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About the Author

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at www.libbabray.com.

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Douglas Cobb, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by Douglas Cobb)
Going Bovine by Libby Bray tells about the adventures of Cameron, a teen who has contracted Mad Cow disease and is dying. That may seem to be a grim idea to write a book about, but in Libby Bray's talented hands, Going Bovine becomes a masterpiece of one teen's striving to live life to its fullest in the time he has left to him. It has its sad moments, but it is a celebration of life, really, and Cam's cross-country travels to find the mysterious Dr. X who may hold the key to curing the disease and saving his life.

There are references in the novel to Cervantes's famous novel, Don Quixote, and Cameron's trip to New Orleans a fellow student (who also happens to be a dwarf), where he meets up with the Norse god Baldur, who has been transformed into the form of a lawn gnome by the trickster god Loki, is one of the book's many highlights.

The trio end up headed to Florida during Spring Break, and a Beach House that is being used by an MTV-like television program. Loaded with tons of musical and cultural references, as well as the ones to Norse mythology, Going Bovine is one of the best Y/A novels I've had the pleasure to read during the last decade. It's very different from other novels Libby has writte, such as the Gemma Boyle trilogy which concluded with The Sweet Far Thing. It demonstrates Libby's ability to stretch her creative abilities to their utmost. It's a book you'll want to add to your reading lists, and one I highly recommend!
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Kathryn Cole, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Kathryn Cole)
Creutzdfeldt-Jakob disease, better known as Mad Cow disease, is definitely a crummy way to go. Just ask Cameron, a failing high-school student who can't keep a job flipping burgers or get the head cheerleader to notice him. Just when you think this book couldn't get any more depressing, Cameron is visited by a punk-rock angel who has a very important message for him. There's a cure to Mad Cow disease, he just needs to find Dr. X who holds the secret! On his journey, he takes with him a hypochondriac hispanic dwarf, Gonzo, and later meets a talking lawn gnome who turns out to be the Norse god, Balder. There are many more crazy occurances in this book, but you'll just need to read it to find out!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385733977
Author:
Bray, Libba
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Author:
Jinks, Catherine
Author:
Luna, Kari
Author:
Coyle, Katie
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Automobile travel
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Family - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
14-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister 'pre-majoring in perfection,' while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger. Then something happens to make him the focus of his family's attention: he contracts mad cow disease. What takes place after he is hospitalized is either that a gorgeous angel persuades him to search for a cure that will also save the world, or that he has a vivid hallucination brought on by the disease. Either way, what readers have is an absurdist comedy in which Cameron, Gonzo (a neurotic dwarf) and Balder (a Norse god cursed to appear as a yard gnome) go on a quixotic road trip during which they learn about string theory, wormholes and true love en route to Disney World. Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans of her historical fantasies about Gemma Doyle, as she trains her satirical eye on modern education, American materialism and religious cults (the smoothie-drinking members of the Church of Everlasting Satisfaction and Snack 'N' Bowl). Offer this to fans of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy seeking more inspired lunacy. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,

In this darkly comedic road trip novel, seventeen year-old Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged "Rapture" to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian's quest for the truth begins.

"Synopsis" by ,
Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all thats left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.
"Synopsis" by ,

One part Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.

Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.

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