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    The Scar Boys
    Paperback
    Also available in: Trade Hard CoverE-Book
    ©2014
    ISBN-13: 978-1-60684-566-0
    AR Quiz #: 165238
    AR Points: 8.00
    ATOS Level: 6.10
    Lexile Level: 910
    SRC Reading Level: 6.3
    Pages: 256
    Trim Size: 5 3/16 x 8
    Dewey: [Fic]
    Reading Grade Level: 9
    Interest Grade Level: 9-12
    Ages: 14-18
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    DESCRIPTION Len Vlahos
    A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock 'n' roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world . . . even if you carry scars inside and out.

    In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay—to "help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores"—Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life. The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality. The second defining moment: the day in eighth grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry's description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he's looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.


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    • * Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz CPU
    • * 512 MB RAM
    • * 100 MB Free Disk Space (Browser Cache)
    • * 128 MB Graphics Card
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    Book Features
    Author Biography
    About the Author
    Len Vlahos has held leadership positions with the American Booksellers Association and Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and co-owns The Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, CO. His novel The Scar Boys was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.
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    Awards for this Title
    Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers
    Kids’ Indie Next List (ABA)
    Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards
    Rhode Island Teen Book Award
    Tayshas Reading List
    Volunteer State Book Award
    William C. Morris YA Debut Award
    YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
    Starred Reviews
    School Library Journal
    "Vlahos's narrative flows easily and rings true....Distinguished in every way." —starred, School Library Journal
    Other Reviews
    Library Media Connection
    "[A]n uplifting novel for students who prefer thought-provoking contemporary realistic fiction." —Library Media Connection
    The New York Times Book Review
    "Playing and touring demand creativity and commitment, forcing the Scar Boys — actually three guys and a girl — to come of age in this wry, stylish tale." —The New York Times