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Angry Young Man

Angry Young Man

For Ages: 12 and up
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Alexander, who wants to be called Xan, is a misfit. He’s an awkward loner who hasn’t been able to find his place in the world. Xan’s half-brother, Robert, seems exactly the opposite. At eighteen, he’s enrolled in community college and has a decent job and a great girlfriend. So when Robert suspects Xan is traveling down a dangerous path of extremism, he is determined to intervene before it’s too late. But the brothers may be more similar than either of them realizes….

This edgy exploration of what goes on in the mind of someone pushed to the brink examines the seeds of extremism that exist in everyone—and is sure to captivate readers of all kinds.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 176 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689847905 | 
  • February 2011 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
List Price $16.99
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THE SWEEPER AND THE STRIKER

I want you to understand my brother. I don’t need you to, so don’t get all worked up over it or anything. Ultimately you can do what you like. But I would like for you to understand him.

As far as that goes, I’d like to understand him myself.

“What are you doing with those on?” I ask him when I walk into the room. He is just standing there, unoccupied as he often seems to be, in the small bedroom we still share. It’s about three years after we should have stopped sharing a room, or much of anything else, but this is beyond our control. The... see more

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Chris Lynch
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Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award–winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including Printz Honor Book Freewill, Iceman, Gypsy Davy, and Shadow Boxer—all ALA Best Books for Young Adults—as well as Killing Time in Crystal City, Little Blue Lies, Pieces, Kill Switch, Angry Young Man, and Inexcusable, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He holds an MA from the writing program at Emerson College. He teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program at Lesley University. He lives in Boston and in Scotland.

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