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Jerk, California
Contributor(s): Friesen, Jonathan

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ISBN: 0142412031     ISBN-13: 9780142412039
Publisher: Speak
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2008

Annotation: Because of his Tourette's syndrome, Sam Carrier is in near constant motion with tics and twitches and verbal outbursts. After an unexpected turn of events reveals the truth about his dead father, Sam doesn't know who he is or even where he'll go next.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Identity; Fiction.
Fathers; Fiction.
Tourette syndrome; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2008007922
Lexile Measure: 510
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 327 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 126100
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45301
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 18.0
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Publisher Description:
Twitch, Jerk, FreakaSam Carrier has been called them all. Because of his Touretteas syndrome, Sam is in near constant motion with tics and twitches and verbal outbursts. So, of course, high school is nothing but torment. Forget friends; forget even hoping that beautiful, perfect Naomi will look his way. And home isnat much better with his domineering stepfather reminding him that the only person who was more useless than Sam was his dead father, Jack. But then an unexpected turn of events unearths the truth about his father. And suddenly Sam doesnat know who he is, or even where heall go next. What he does know is that the only girl in the world who can make him happy and nervous at the same time is everywhere he turns . . . and head give anything just to be still.

Contributor Bio(s): IV>Jerk, California is Jonathan Friesen’s first novel. A fourteen-year public school teacher and writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, Jonathan shares his passion for writing with children of all ages—including three of his own, whom he home schools. He lives in Mora, Minnesota.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 December)

Gr 8 Up—Sam Carrier's bitter, abusive stepfather, Old Bill, is ashamed of the boy's Tourette's Syndrome, and makes the teen feel that shame at every turn. He also makes Sam's life a misery by constantly telling him that his father was a no-good deserter. Upon his high school graduation, Sam meets George, a friend of his long-dead father, who attempts to undo the harm that Old Bill has done over the years. Sam (whose real name turns out to be Jack) embarks on a cross-country road trip to discover his roots, his identity, and his love for Naomi, who tags along, bringing some unexpected baggage. The story is compelling, especially Sam/Jack's quest for a deeper understanding of himself through his father's legacy. Along the way, he stays in the homes of his father's old friends and puts the pieces of his parents' life together. There is an abundance of inner dialogue, so much that readers may have trouble distinguishing between what Sam thinks, tells himself, or says to others. As soon as he meets George and his period of discovery begins, the book is a quick read, and the excitement of his journey will keep most readers turning the pages to see what's around the bend.—Nora G. Murphy, Los Angeles Academy Middle School

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