Angry Young Man

Angry Young Man

For Ages: 12 and up
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Delve into the mind of a teen whose journey of self-discovery leads to the unthinkable in this tense and terse novel from award-wining author Chris Lynch.

Alexander, who wants to be called Xan, is a misfit. He has never fit in—not in academics, sports, or social life. He’s an awkward loner who hasn’t been able to find his place in the world.
Robert is Xan’s half-brother, and unlike Xan, Robert seems to have his life together. At eighteen, he’s enrolled in community college with a decent job and a great girlfriend. Robert often teases his brother, but he’s also his biggest supporter. No matter what, he’s got Xan’s back.
When Robert starts to suspect that Xan is traveling down a dangerous path, he may be the only one who can save Xan from self-destructing—before it’s too late. But can Robert save himself?
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 9781442419896 | 
  • February 2011 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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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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