Stoner & Spaz by Ron Koertge

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For sixteen-year-old Ben Bancroft — a kid with cerebral palsy, no parents, and an overprotective grandmother — the closest thing to happiness is hunkering alone in the back of the Rialto Theatre and watching Bride of Frankenstein for the umpteenth time. The last person he wants to run into is drugged-up Colleen Minou, resplendent in ripped tights, neon miniskirt, and an impressive array of tattoos. But when Colleen climbs into the seat beside him and rests a woozy head on his shoulder, Ben has that unmistakable feeling that his life is about to change. With unsparing humor and a keen flair for dialogue, Ron Koertge captures the rare repartee between two lonely teenagers on opposite sides of the social divide. His smart, self-deprecating protagonist learns that kindred spirits may be found for the looking — and that the resolve to follow your passion can be strengthened by something as simple as a human touch.

About Ron Koertge

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Ron Koertge is the author of several acclaimed novels, including THE BRIMSTONE JOURNALS. Of STONER & SPAZ, he says, "My wife works with the disabled. One night she came home and told me about a young man she'd been working with. He had C.P. and a terrific sense of humor. Coincidentally, that day I had talked to a former student of mine who'd recently been in rehab for substance abuse. What would happen, I wondered, if those two knew each other? Two months later-the first draft of STONER & SPAZ." Ron Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California.From the Hardcover edition.
Published April 26, 2011 by Candlewick. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction

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A 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who keeps afloat on his black humor and his love of movies, falls for a beautiful drug addict. "Perhaps not since Harold and Maude

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And Ben helps Colleen begin to make her way out of her haze of drugs, at least temporarily.

Apr 24 2004 | Read Full Review of Stoner & Spaz

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