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Wyatt Reaves takes the seat next to you, bloodied and soaking wet, and he is a big-fisted beast. Tell him to stretch out like an X across asphalt and you've got a parking space. But Wyatt's been taking it lying down for too long, and he is NOT happy.

Since he turned twelve and a half, he's been living with his uncle, a traveling salesman of mysterious agenda and questionable intent. Soon, Uncle Spade sees the potential in "kiddo" to earn cash. And that's enough to keep the boy around for nearly six years.

But what life does Wyatt deserve? Alcohol? Drugs? Bare-fisted fights? Tattoos? No friends? No role models? Living in a car?
If you're brave enough to stay and listen, you'll hear an astounding story. It's not a pretty road Wyatt has traveled, but growing up rarely is.

About The Author

J. Adams Oaks is a writer, editor, and translator from Chicago

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 21, 2009)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439164006
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 770 The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetricsĀ®

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Awards and Honors

  • Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Master List
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • TAYSHAS Reading List (TX)

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