Winger Special Signed Edition

Winger Special Signed Edition

Illustrated by: Sam Bosma
For Ages: 12 - 99
A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in an unforgettable novel that is “alternately hilarious and painful, awkward and enlightening” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). This limited special edition is signed by the author.

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this special signed edition of Winger is a realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 448 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481422734 | 
  • May 2013 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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By Andrew Smith

Book Description

In Stand-Off, the sequel to Winger, fifteen-year-old Ryan Dean West returns to Pine Mountain for his senior year after the tragic events of last year. Ryan Dean becomes reluctant captain of the rugby team, is forced to share his dormitory room with a twelve-year-old prodigy, Sam Abernathy, and through the course of the year learns to appreciate things he has tried to resist—including change.

Discussion Questions

1. At the beginning of the story, Ryan Dean is determined to not be friends with his roommate Sam. Why do you think Ryan Dean felt this way?

2. What are the parallels between Ryan Dean and Sam Abernathy? How are they similar and how are they different? How does their dynamic change when Ryan Dean meets Joey’s brother Nico?

3. What does Ryan Dean learn about consent from his health teacher? How does he apply those lessons at Pine Mountain with Annie? With Spotted John?

4. Who or what is N.A.T.E., and why does N.A.T.E. haunt Ryan Dean?

5. Why does Annie become angry with Ryan Dean after what happens between them near the lake in Chapter 40? How does Ryan Dean misinterpret her anger?

6. Why does Nico seem determined to not become friends with Ryan Dean? How is it similar or different to the way Ryan Dean treats Sam?

7. Why does Ryan see more

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About the Author

Andrew Smith
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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is the author of several novels for young adults, including Winger, Stand-Off, 100 Sideways Miles, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. He lives in a remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. He doesn’t watch television, and occupies himself by writing, bumping into things outdoors, and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails.