Going Bovine by Libba Bray

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Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

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About Libba Bray

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Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, comprised of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. She is also the author of Beauty Queens and Going Bovine, which won the Michael L. Printz Award. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit her at libbabray.com.
Published September 4, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 498 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a marked departure from her Victorian-era Gemma Doyle trilogy, Bray offers a novel about a road trip undertaken by surly Cameron, a 16-year-old mad cow–disease sufferer, Gonzo, his hypochondriac dwarf hospital roommate, and a sentient garden gnome who is actually the Norse god Balder.

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Cameron does or doesn’t travel to New Orleans to see a trumpeter who comes off as a kind of oracle, get duped by a religious cult, explore parallel universes and realize that along the way, “It’s not all sand castles and ninjas.” Why keep reading, when we know our hero is still going to die?

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GOING BOVINE is simultaneously perplexing and absorbing, the kind of novel that will have readers laughing in delight, not only at Balder’s one-liners but also at the kinds of absurd, amazing, seemingly random connections that tie everything together.

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Common Sense Media

I was really disappointed at not finding her message very original (but I guess that's a really tall order to put on a book about the meaning of life) You might as well stamped "Carpe Diem" on the book cover.

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Common Sense Media

Accompanied by his friends -- Gonzo, a dwarf, and Balder, a Viking god disguised as a long-suffering yard gnome (don't ask) -- Cameron faces an increasingly bizarre series of misadventures involving a punk angel, New Orleans jazz musicians, and snow globes in this very postmodern retelling of Don...

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Chicago Tribune

(Although he mercilessly makes fun of his perky twin sister and her popularity with the cheerleaders, he’s not above admitting that he lusts after one of her annoying friends).

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The Roanoke Times

Bray heads off in a completely new direction, enlisting the help of cows and yard gnomes to weave the story of Cameron Smith.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Going Bovine , by the bestselling author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy (including The Sweet Far Thing) Libba Bray, is a dark, absurdist comedy that takes a tragic situation - being afflicted with Creutzfeldt-Jakob (Mad Cow) disease - and transforms it into a Don Quixote-like reading experience guara...

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