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  • ISBN: 9780593121573
  • ISBN: 0593121570
  • ISBN: 9780593121603
  • ISBN: 0593121600
  • Physical Description: 391 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
Seventh-grader Will's Bar Mitzvah community service project, visiting an incurably ill older boy in the hospital, leads to a friendship that is life-changing for both them and those around them.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 up. Delacorte Press.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #2
    *Starred Review* The school bullies call 13-year-old Will "Turtle Boy," not because he loves turtles but because, they say, he looks like one. Will has a condition called "micrognathia with aplasia of the mandibular condyles," which means he has only a nub for a chin. The only thing he hates more than his chin is hospitals, because his dad died in one when Will was four. So it's ironic that Rabbi Harris insists Will complete 40 hours of community service—yes, at the hospital—before his bar mitzvah. His service? Visiting a desperately ill boy. Their initial meetings don't go well; Will finds the boy, RJ, to be impatient and rude. Gradually, though, the two begin a cautious friendship as RJ teaches Will to play the drums. And then something unforeseen happens: RJ asks Will to perform the wishes on RJ's bucket list so the dying boy can experience them vicariously. All of them will test Will, such as "ride a roller coaster"; of course, Will is afraid of heights and speed. Will he come out of his metaphorical shell and help his friend? Debut author Wolkenstein's well-plotted novel is a model of acute psychology and fully formed characters, even minor ones. The tone, too, is just right, and incidents are seamlessly integrated. Turtle Boy—both boy and book—is a winner. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

M. EVAN WOLKENSTEIN is a high school teacher and writer. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, and Hebrew University. His work can be found in Tablet magazine and the Washington Post, and on He lives with his wife and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Boy is his debut novel.

Subject: Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Face > Abnormalities > Juvenile fiction.
Bar mitzvah > Juvenile fiction.
Terminally ill > Juvenile fiction.
Middle schools > Juvenile fiction.
Schools > Juvenile fiction.
Jews > United States > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Face > Abnormalities > Fiction.
Bar mitzvah > Fiction.
Terminally ill > Fiction.
Middle schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Jews > United States > Fiction.
Bar mitzvah.
Face > Abnormalities.
Middle schools.
Terminally ill.
United States.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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