What Hearts by Bruce Brooks
(Laura Geringer Books)

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Recipient of a 1993 Newbery Honor, this novel is an achingly beautiful, powerfully rendered journey through childhood that is not to be missed, now available in a new edition with a striking new cover.

“From an outstandingly perceptive writer, a moving portrait of a boy, observed at four revealing turning points.” -- Pointer Review/Kirkus Reviews

“Combines fast, exciting action with an astonishing ending that proves the power of the individual imagination.” -- Starred Review/ALA Booklist

"Asa—possessed of rare sweetness, humor, and inner strength—survives intact cruel tests of his integrity, intellect, and sense of decency. From an outstandingly perceptive writer, a moving portrait of a boy, observed at four revealing turning points." —K. "Told with controlled imagery, insightful illumination of motive and the needs of his characters, Brooks has proven himself once again a master of language." —BL.

1993 Newbery Honor Book
Notable Children's Books of 1993 (ALA)
1993 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
1993 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
1993 Teachers' Choices (IRA)
1993 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

 

About Bruce Brooks

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Bruce Brooks was born in Virginia and began writing fictiBruce Brooks was born in Virginia and began writing fiction at age ten. He graduated from the University of North Caron at age ten. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and from the University Of Iowaolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and from the University Of Iowa Writer's Workshop in 1980. He has worked as a newspaper rep Writer's Workshop in 1980. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a magazine writer, newsletter editor, movie critic, torter, a magazine writer, newsletter editor, movie critic, teacher and lecturer.Bruce Brooks has twice received the Neacher and lecturer.Bruce Brooks has twice received the Newbery Honor, first in 1985 for "Moves Make the Man, " and aewbery Honor, first in 1985 for "Moves Make the Man, " and again in 1992 for "What Hearts." He is also the author of "Evgain in 1992 for "What Hearts." He is also the author of "Everywhere, Midnight Hour Encores, Asylum for Nightface, Vaniserywhere, Midnight Hour Encores, Asylum for Nightface, Vanishing, "and "Throwing Smoke." He lives in Brooklyn, NY. hing, "and "Throwing Smoke." He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins. 212 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dave--who resembles Bix's dad in The Moves Make the Man (Brooks's first, and until now best, book)--accuses Asa of being all head and no heart, but Brooks develops the subtle relationships between the two--Asa does often hide behind rationalism but also, twice, retreats compassionately from hard-...

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``Effectively revealing the psychological burdens of an intelligent, sensitive child, this book remains honest and intense from beginning to end,'' PW said in a starred review of this Newbery Honor title.

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Quieter but no less penetrating than Brooks's futuristic No Kidding , this present-day saga traces the formative years of Asa, who has spent most of his life moving from one town to another with his emotionally fragile mother and bullying stepfather.

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