Vandal by Michael Simmons

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Will is pretty much your average 16-year-old. He does well enough in school, plays in a rock band, chases girls with little success, and has a typical collection of oddball friends...with one significant exception. For as long as he can remember, he has been systematically beaten up--physically, mentally, and emotionally--by his older brother. Taut, gripping and at times mordantly funny, Vandal amply fulfills the promise of Michael Simmons's justly praised first novel, Pool Boy.

About Michael Simmons

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Michael Simmons lives in New York City. This is his first young adult novel.
Published April 4, 2006 by Roaring Brook Press. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The September after Jason gets out of juvie, an excess of brotherly feeling prompts Will to offer Jason a job as roadie, an offer he immediately regrets and which inevitably leads to a disaster that both Will and the reader see coming.

May 01 2006 | Read Full Review of Vandal

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Nice 16-year-old Will, the likable narrator of Simmons's (Pool Boy ) novel, is the middle child in a well-off family living in the Chicago suburbs that really only has one problem: his 17-year-old brother, Jason, has always been a troublemaker, from bullying neighborhood kids to starting fires.

Apr 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Vandal

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