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The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle

Jedah Mayberry

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ISBN 10: 1938416139 / ISBN 13: 9781938416132
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330 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 5.9in. x 0.8in.From irascible patriarch Alonzo Grandpa Tuke Tooker on down, the Hopkins familyaltruistic Dottie, dissatisfied Chester, and their sons Langston and Trajanare no typical residents of the Thames River Valley town of Preston, Connecticut. This is perhaps most true of Langston, a boy whose peers declare him to be the King of Preston Plains Middle School: a vibrant young man dedicated to his dream of competing in Olympic-level Tae Kwon Do, as well as to his growing passion for his beautiful classmate Angelica Chu. Yet when a terrible accident brings Langstons Olympic dreams to an abrupt close, Trajan Hopkins, the familys youngest son, must learn to cope alone with the coming trials of adult life: his slowly changing relationship with self-destructing childhood friends, his initiation into the world of women at the hands of a former teacher, and his growing awareness of the risky world outside his familys circle within the shadow of a Haitian drug lords operation and the often-threatening local police who watch over it. Jedah Mayberrys The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle marks the debut of a striking new voice in American fiction: intelligent, richly cadenced, slyly funny, and deeply thoughtful about what it means to be a son, a father, and a man. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781938416132

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Title: The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle

Publisher: River Grove Books

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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Red City Review Annual Book Awards Grand Prize

From irascible patriarch Alonzo "Grandpa Tuke" Tooker on down, the Hopkins family--altruistic Dottie, dissatisfied Chester, and their sons Langston and Trajan--are no typical residents of the Thames River Valley town of Preston, Connecticut. This is perhaps most true of Langston, a boy whose peers declare him to be the "King of Preston Plains Middle School": a vibrant young man dedicated to his dream of competing in Olympic-level Tae Kwon Do, as well as to his growing passion for his beautiful classmate Angelica Chu.

Yet when a terrible accident brings Langston's Olympic dreams to an abrupt close, Trajan Hopkins, the family's youngest son, must learn to cope alone with the coming trials of adult life: his slowly changing relationship with self-destructing childhood friends, his initiation into the world of women at the hands of a former teacher, and his growing awareness of the risky world outside his family's circle within the shadow of a Haitian drug lord's operation and the often-threatening local police who watch over it.

Jedah Mayberry's The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle marks the debut of a striking new voice in American fiction: intelligent, richly cadenced, slyly funny, and deeply thoughtful about what it means to be a son, a father, and a man.

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Trajan Hopkins is the prototypical adolescent male, genus of the species, protected on all sides by the soft cushion of family. He worships Langston, invariably from a crouched defensive position in an effort to fend off the latest sequence of moves his brother is working to perfect. Langston is widely regarded around town as Preston's most prolific fighter, steeped in martial arts, his ambition set on someday reaching the Olympic stage.
Trajan fits neatly inside his brother's shadow, the dutiful second seed. When his brother dies, it's like one leg of a chair going missing, a wave of debilitating aftershocks sent rumbling through Trajan's existence warping his sense of connection to anybody near to him. He ventures into the world alone, steps out on the call of the wind, the rise of the moon, the tide pulling against him. He returns at the end of the night to diminished ties, the weave of familial cues strewn loose about him, waves crashing in, pushing him ever further from the shelter of home.

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