Lizard by Dennis Covington

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Sent by his guardian to live at a Louisiana school for retarded boys, Lizard, a bright, deformed youngster, escapes with the help of a visiting actor who gives him a role in his repertory company's production of "The Tempest."
 

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Dennis Covington's Lizard won the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel, in 1993. Lizard is the name of a 13-year-old boy sent to the Leesville Louisiana State School for Retarded Boys because of his unusual appearance. He escapes when a shoe salesman claims to be his father. Covington's second young adult novel is Lasso the Moon, "a right of passage" story about a young girl. Covington later wrote Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, and has written many articles on Central America for the New York Times and Vogue. His short stories have appeared in the Mississippi Review, Southern Exposure, The Greensboro Review, and other periodicals. Covington graduated from the University of Virginia and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he teaches fiction writing. He and his wife, novelist Vicki Covington, have two daughters.
 
Published May 1, 1991 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 198 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lizard lives in a cruel world where adults are often harsh and unjust to the young (like Prospero to Caliban), yet he focuses on the generous spirits he encounters and manages to evoke the best in some others: in a gesture of reconciliation, he even goes back, at least temporarily, to Miss Cooley...

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A 13-year-old seizes a unique opportunity to break free of his unjust confinement in a retarded boys' school.

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Even though Lucius (``Lizard'') Sims suffers only from a facial deformity and other birth defects, his guardian sends him off to the State School for Retarded Boys because she is getting married and wants him out from underfoot.

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