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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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$22.98 US | $24.98 CAN
Available Aug. 13, 2013

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  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Age Range: 15 & up
  • Grade Level: 10-17
  • Pages: 0
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  • ISBN-13: 9781478979777

  About The Book

One day is all you need to end everything.

Leonard has a secret. Today is his birthday. And it is also the day he plans to kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's pistol.

This powerful, raw novel follows Leonard on his journey as he says good-bye to the four people who mean the most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-esque next-door neighbor Walt, his musically talented classmate Baback, the homeschooled Christian girl he has a crush on, and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

Leonard feels helpless, and holds another, darker secret: when he was younger, he was sexually abused by his best friend. In this gripping, edgy, and brutally honest story, Leonard feels as though his cries for help are being ignored. Ultimately, however, a simple act of kindness from one teacher makes all the difference in his life, ending the day on a hopeful, redemptive note, with Leonard looking towards the future.


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Praise for Boy21:

A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
* "The answers here are satisfying but never simple...A story that, like Finley, expresses a lot in relatively few words."
Kirkus (starred review)

"Beautiful...It is this depth that makes "Boy21" more than a first-rate novel fueled by basketball; it's a first-rate work of art."
The New York Time Book Review


Quick, Matthew (1525949)

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, The Good Luck of Right Now, and four young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into thirty languages, and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into an Academy Award winning film. Q lives in North Carolina with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Besette.

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