Synopses & Reviews
How to survive being good
Like a flashback memory, hes there in my mind: skimming up the stairs at school, his sloppy old T-shirt big as a sail, red tie-dyed dragon T-shirt, who wears stuff like that? No one. Jinsen.
The kids at Edward Rucher High School call Jinsen “Buddha Boy” and condemn him as a freak. With his shaved head and perpetual smile, Jinsen certainly doesnt help matters when he starts begging for lunch money in the cafeteria. So when Justin is paired with Jinsen for a class project, he plans to get done with it as soon as possible, and climb right back into his safe social niche. Then Justin discovers Jinsens incredible artistic talent and becomes curious about his beliefs. But being friends with Buddha Boy isnt simple, and Justin is forced into a cruel contest with the jocks who just cant seem to leave Jinsen, or his artwork, alone.
Kathe Koja introduces an unforgettable young man who will remind readers of the true meaning of friendship and demonstrate how to draw strength from the little gods inside each of them.
"Koja accomplishes quite a feat...A compelling introduction to Buddhism and a credible portrait of how true friendship brings out the best in people." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly
"A marvelous addition to YA literature." -- School Library Journal
About the Author
is the author of Straydog
, which Booklist called “a searing, beautiful book for young readers.” She lives in the Detroit area.