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Ben Wolf has big things planned for his senior year. Had big things planned. Now what he has is some very bad news and only one year left to make his mark on the world. How can a pint-sized, smart-ass seventeen-year-old do anything significant in the nowheresville of Trout, Idaho? First, Ben makes sure that no one else knows what is going on -- not his superstar quarterback brother, Cody, not his parents, not his coach, no one. Next, he decides to become the best 127-pound football player Trout High has ever seen; to give his close-minded civics teacher a daily migraine; and to help the local drunk clean up his act.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780061908309
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Life in Idaho is turned upside-down when Ben finds out he's dying and has only his senior year left to live. His intentions are to keep it quiet and live a "normal" life, but he soon discovers that's a hard thing to do.

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

It is a testimony to Crutcher's skill as a storyteller that -- despite the protagonist being an irritating smartass kid with delusions of wisdom -- I couldn't put this book down. Don't read this book for the vague, pop-philosophy ramblings abolut tolerance and destiny, read it for the story of a brave and kind boy facing the ultimate reality with grace and courage. All "dying teenager" books have a certain level of annoyingness, but Crutcher manages to make this story funny and touching rather than maudlin, and that, sir, is a triumph

May 22, 2013

I'm not sure what Ben learned exactly -- he claims at the end that keeping his secret was a mistake, but the readers witnesses far more pros than cons. Similarly, his efforts to make his current events teacher and his town address their rascism don't seem to have been borne of his terminal illness; rather, he seems like he's always been a smart, bold, jaunty kid based on his inner and external dialogue, and we are not privvy to his personality before his diagnosis. Still, I hung on to every page and was engaged in all of the far-flung subplots, and I enjoyed Ben (with Hey-Soos, his dreamland mentor) mulling over the effects of his and others' secrets on each other. Lots of football talk and a comfortable narrative style should appeal to young male readers, which is always welcome. I am keen to read more Crutcher after this.

Dec 15, 2011

This book was simply amazing! One of my favorites, along with Whale Talk. :)

May 06, 2011

Loved it! recommend it for sure!

Apr 09, 2011

This book is about an 18 year old boy named Ben who only has one more year to live. He suffers from leukemia, and he decides to just live one more year as he wishes to. No one knows that he only has a year to live, and he makes many changes in his life. He makes new friends and changes, but eventually, he starts becoming weaker because of his sickness.
This book is great for anyone who needs to read something that they think would never happen and wants a surprise.

Apr 05, 2010

Wow. I thought it was good. At the end it was heartbreaking for him to have to die, but the story had to end that way.

Sep 29, 2009

Made me cry. Mortality through the eyes of a young man.


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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Ben Wolf finds he has only a year to live, and decides to try to pack all his dreams into that one year -- without telling his family or friends. Along the way he confronts the complexity and pain of life on earth, in the microcosm of "Podunk" Idaho.


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May 22, 2013

"Like I said before," Rudy says, "it's all about differences. Something about humans really doesn't like them, when they are the very thing we should embrace. If someone's different from you and it scares you or makes you mad, that's God telling you to take a closer look. If you're scared or mad, that's about you, not about the person who scares or angers you..."


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