Cousins conspire to circumvent state burial laws when their beloved aunt dies of AIDS, and come up with a fiendishly clever plan to keep her out of a pauper's grave.
A slick teen takes his very unhip cousin under his wing -- to make a man of him -- after reluctantly making a promise to his dying uncle to do so, and finds out a lot about being true to oneself in the meantime.
A trio of golfers must take on a fourth player -- a girl, no less -- who surprises them by having a fabulous drive, despite the fact that she refuses to take off her backpack. But that doesn't begin to match their shock when they find out what her backpack contains. Can three strangers help her let go of her past? Is there magic in a foursome?
Astonishing, shocking, and mesmerizing, each story in this collection is singular unto itself, but they all work together in the exploration of how people react to tragedy when it strikes...and how they deal with what's left behind. A daring, thought-provoking collection as only two-time Newbery Honor awardÂwinner Bruce Brooks could write it.
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Bruce Brooks plays golf as long as there is no stroke or time limit to his round, plays pick-up ice hockey as long as no speed or backskating is required, and has never made a sarcophagus.
He has written over thirty books, fiction and nonfiction, and has won two Newbery Honor awards, for The Moves Make the Man and What Hearts. He has two sons, Alex and Spencer, and lives in in Brooklyn, New York.From School Library Journal:
Gr 7 Up-In three stories, Brooks forays into new and challenging territory with what he calls "a more dicey aspect of my humor" and with "more peculiar subjects and shadows." Death, and the reaction to it, is at the heart of each narrative. In the title story, two cousins react to the death of their ostracized aunt by plotting with her partner, a ceramic artist, to have her cremated in defiance of state AIDS statutes. Her body, to be collected by state health workers, is substituted with the remains of a deer encased in a clay sarcophagus, while she is cremated in the artist's kiln. In "Playing the Creeps," Hank's uncle, on his deathbed, asks the teen to look after his son, Bobby, and to direct him toward more manly interests. In the process, Hank, ironically, begins to appreciate Bobby's talents, and in the end they blend their musical interests into an inspiring partnership. The final story, "Teeing Up," focuses on a girl trying to hold on to the memory of her father. Carrying his cremated remains in her backpack, she joins some boys in a round of golf. Their interactions, antagonistic at first, develop into a friendship as they convince her to leave his ashes in the sand traps. All three stories feature witty and interesting dialogue. The characters are well drawn and the stories are powerful, albeit a bit macabre and disturbing. Brooks challenges readers with an assortment of themes including loyalty, acceptance, friendship, and defiance of stereotypes.-Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
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Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689833512
Book Description Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689833512