Joe Speedboat by Tommy Wieringa

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A sparkling coming-of-age novel that has sold over 300,000 copies in Holland, in which the inhabitants of a sleepy rural town are awakened by the arrival of a kinetic young visionary, Joe Speedboat.

After a farming accident plunges him into a coma for six months, Frankie Hermans wakes up to discover that he’s paralyzed and mute. Bound to a wheelchair, Frankie struggles to adjust to a life where he must rely on others to complete even the simplest tasks. The only body part he can control is his right arm, which he uses obsessively to record the details of daily life in his town.

But when he meets Joe—a boy who blazed into town like a meteor while Frankie slept—everything changes. Joe is a centrifugal force, both magician and daredevil, and he alone sees potential strength in Frankie’s handicaps. With Joe’s help, Frankie’s arm will be used for more that just writing: as a champion arm-wrestler, Frankie will be powerful enough to win back his friends, and maybe even woo P. J., the girl who has them all in a tailspin.
Alive with the profundities of adolescence, Joe Speedboat is the supersonic story of an unlikely alliance and a lightning-quick dash to

About Tommy Wieringa

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TOMMY WIERINGA has written several books including the novel Joe Speedboat, which won the Bordewijk Prize in 2006, was long-listed for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and nominated for the AKO Literature Prize. Wieringa lives in Amsterdam and writes for the Dutch NRC Handelsblad daily newspaper.
Published April 1, 2010 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 328 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There's a great deal of realism in Joe Speedboat - it's all about the grinding disability Frankie faces, life in a very ordinary town, and the shifting relationships between a group of adolescents as they pass into adulthood.

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