A heartbreaking yet uplifting story of grief about a boy who has lost everything, but finds new hope drawing in the shadows of a hospital. Features a thirty-two-page graphic novel.
Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night, just like the rest of his family.
Now he lives in the hospital, serving food in the cafeteria, hanging out with the nurses, sleeping in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him. His only solace is in the world of the superhero he’s created—Patient F.
Then, one night, Rusty is wheeled into the ER, half his body burned by hateful classmates. Rusty’s agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together though all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside of the hospital, and away from their pasts.
But to save Rusty, Drew will have to confront Death, and life will have to get worse before it gets better. And by telling the truth about who he really is, Drew risks destroying any chance of a future.
“Hutchinson builds believable secondary characters and presents unexpectedly fresh plotting and genuine repartee—the conversations among Drew and his two teen friends feel particularly real and are full of insight and humor. Hutchinson remains an author worth watching.”
"The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley broke my heart, then put it back together again. I truly loved this book."
"A wonderfully written book that is more proof that the genre of \\'LGBT YA lit\\' simply knows no bounds."
-Brett Hartinger, author of GEOGRAPHY CLUB
"The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is as inventive as it is moving. A beautiful book."
-Trish Doller, author of WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE
Available Fall 2015
A novel with 17 authors, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson. The story centers on a 16-year-old school shooter named Kirby Matheson, with each chapter set before and after the shooting and told by characters who knew him, each trying to answer one question: Why?
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Brendan and Neal Shusterman
Shaun David Hutchinson
Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: he’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.
But things don’t ever go as planned.
In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It’s one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong . . . but a million ways for them to go right.
“Hutchinson delivers a raucous, raunchy, and romantic hero who is challenged to view the object of his affections as a person, not a prize. Amid the gossamer trappings of other fluffy summer reads, this novel’s edginess makes it stand out.”
“Familiar yet somehow fresh, this [FML] is the perfect fit for anyone looking for a little vicarious experience with drunken, lightly debauched chaos by the pool this summer.”
“In only one storyline will Simon kiss Cassie, but in both he’ll find that this party has changed his life.“
“[R]aucous party antics and bawdy banter provide laughs….”
The clock is ticking...
Ollie can’t be bothered to care about anything but girls until he gets his Deathday Letter and learns he’s going to die in twenty-four hours. Bummer.
Ollie does what he does best: nothing. Then his best friend convinces him to live a little, and go after Ronnie, the girl who recently trampled his about-to-expire heart. Ollie turns to carloads of pudding and over-the-top declarations, but even playing the death card doesn’t work. All he wants is to set things right with the girl of his dreams. It’s now or never...
“Ollie’s unabashed self-acceptance of his foibles makes him both a hilarious and a heartbreaking character. A highlight of Hutchinson’s debut YA novel is this quirky character’s self-deprecating sense of humor…”
“The reader is pulled along in Ollie’s grip, wrestling with the big questions of life (and afterlife)….This first novel will appeal to male readers who care more about sex than philosophy.
A 2011 CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children\\'s Book Council) Book