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Book Title: My Brother's Keeper|
The author of the book: Patricia McCormick
ISBN 13: 9780786851744
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 493 KB
Date of issue: September 15th 2006
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Toby has a passion and a big problem. His passion is baseball. He works part time for Mr. D. so he can earn money to buy baseball cards, especially players for his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates. He even makes his high school baseball team as a backup catcher. Not too bad for a freshman brainiac who is a year younger than his classmates. The cute girl on the softball team even smiles at him. Now if he could just get through Nurse Wesley's classes on human sexuality without dying of embarrassment, school would definitely be looking up.
At home, though, things are falling apart faster than he can pick them up and put them back together again. Ever since his dad moved to California and he had to leave his old home and neighborhood, Toby has tried to hold his family together. He's worried his mom might slip back into the funk that left her in bed for weeks. Throwing out the American Express bills and ordering three magazines for a chance to win one million dollars, though, might not have been the best plan. He wants to be the wise older brother for Eli, but how do you answer your younger brother's question about the Easter Bunny? Toby's biggest problem is his oldest brother, Jake. Jake slips out at night and comes back later and later. He's dropped off the baseball team to hang out with a known drug dealer. No matter how much Toby cleans up the messes and sprays orange citrus scent, it is not enough to cover over the odor of pot.
Patricia McCormick hits a homerun with My Brother's Keeper (Hyperion Paperbacks 2005). Baseball and hormones collide in Toby's life as he struggles to make sense of his family. I found myself laughing out loud at parts. Toby can be quite funny, intentionally or not. At other times my heart ached for him. He felt he had to solve problems by himself that are simply too big for one thirteen-year-old to take on alone. Slowly, Toby realizes that he is not alone and that he can reach out to ask for help.
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Read information about the authorPatricia McCormick is a journalist and writer. She graduated from Rosemont College in 1978, followed by an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1986 and an M.F.A. from New School University in 1999. Her first novel for teens was Cut, about a young woman who self-injures herself. This was followed by My Brother's Keeper in 2005, about a boy struggling with his brother's addiction and Sold in 2006. Her awards include the American Library Association Best Book of the Year, New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenaged and the Children’s Literature Council’s Choice.
She has written for The New York Times, Parents Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Ladies Home Journal, Town & Country, More, Reader’s Digest, Mademoiselle and other publications and has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an instructor of creative writing at the New School University. She lives in New York with two children, a husband and two cats.
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