Eight Seconds by Jean Ferris

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Each ride on the bucking bull is a lesson in pain. Each landing on the packed dirt is a jarring reminder of reality. Rodeo camp is a tough way to spend a summer, but John is having the time of his life. No clingy girlfriends, no nagging moms, no annoying sisters. Just him and the guys and the biggest bulls he's ever seen. All he has to do is stay on a bull for eight seconds. It may feel like an eternity to his aching body, but for once John feels in control of his own fate. Then he learns his new rodeo buddy Kit is gay. Shaken by the news, he tries to deal with the other guys' reactions and his own self-doubts.
Suddenly, riding a bull seems easy. . . .

About Jean Ferris

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Jean Ferris has written more than a dozen popular books for teens. Awards for her books include several ALA Best Book for Young Adults distinctions and a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Best Books award. Ms. Ferris lives in San Diego, California.
Published October 1, 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Fiction

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John turns on Kit to silence a rumor, one of the many realistic, often subtle story elements that allow the reader to understand the nature of John's attraction to Kit well before John does.

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"Ferris tackles issues of tolerance, homosexuality and self-discovery in this insightful and atmospheric novel set in rodeo country," said PW in a starred review.

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John is torn between being friends with Kit and protecting his image.

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