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Boy swallows universe / Trent Dalton.

Dalton, Trent, author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library DAL (Text) 33500013045588 New Available -
Mahnomen Public Library DAL (Text) 33500013045596 New Available -
Godel Memorial-Warren Library DAL (Text) 35500006154239 Main Checked out 11/07/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062898104
  • ISBN: 0062898108
  • Physical Description: 452 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: Eli Bell's life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli's life is Slim--a notorious felon and national record-holder for successful prison escapes--who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother. Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli's path--most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane's legendary drug dealer. But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom--all before starting high school. A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be. Powerful and kinetic, Trent Dalton's debut is sure to be one of the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novels you will experience.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1
    *Starred Review* Consider Eli Bell of Darra, Australia. His mother, Frankie, and her live-in boyfriend, Lyle, are heroin dealers; his brilliant, visionary brother, August, older by a year, is a selective mute who chooses not to speak; and his best friend is an elderly murderer. Eli is 12 when readers meet him; he will age to 18 through the pages of this marvelous bildungsroman, as circumstances educate him in the ways of the world, which are sometimes heartbreaking. Speaking of which, it should be noted that dealing drugs is dangerous and can make terrible things happen. When they do, Eli and August are reunited with their father, who has long been absent from their lives. Eli has a dream of becoming a journalist when he grows up and of enjoying the romantic company of a working journalist, the beautiful Caitlyn Spies. Meanwhile, the evil Tytus Broz, the Lord of Limbs, and his vile henchman, Iwan Krol, enter Eli's life, bringing with them the possibility of death. There is much more to come in this marvelously plot-rich novel, which—told in Eli's first-person voice—is filled with beautifully lyric prose (a fat man has legs like "the faces of walruses without tusks"; the sun is "a white hot god of a thing"). The characterization, too, is universally memorable, especially that of Eli and August. At one point Eli wonders if he is good. The answer is "yes," every bit as good as this exceptional novel. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Boys > Australia > Fiction.
Families > Australia > Fiction.
Brisbane (Qld.) > Fiction.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
Genre: Bildungsroman.

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