Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Ben Wireman is partially deaf and completely insecure. The only two things that make him feel normal are being a soccer goalie and hanging out with his best friend, Tyler Nuson. Tyler is the golden boy, worshiped by girls and guys alike, and he no longer seems interested in Ben. Without Tyler, Ben isn’t sure who he is anymore, or if Tyler is really as “normal” as Ben thought he was. Maybe hanging out with freaks like Ilona Pierce, who has tattoos, blue hair, and almost no friends, is what he needs.

This captivating novel explores the shifting dynamics of friendships and complex art of growing up.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 264
Publication Date 2016-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF058120, YAF007000, YAF058220
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 790
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Maine Literary Book Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2017
  • Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth, Winner, 2017



“Kaufman takes a well-tread YA premise and breathes heart and grit into it. . . . Packed with depth, joy, and hope, Kaufman’s book is ultimately a story of how to be a friend—a topic that is always prescient for young adults.”—starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Kaufman believably portrays uncertainties surrounding sex and sexuality. . . . [A] testament to letting freak flags fly.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Kaufman brings a fresh voice to the contemporary realistic fiction genre. . . . This will appeal to those who enjoy Carrie Mesrobian’s books.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“At the heart of Kaufman’s poignant novel is a complicated friendship. . . . It’s a keenly observed, emotionally deep examination of wounded, insecure teens trying to find their way.”—Publishers Weekly

Author: Sashi Kaufman

Sashi Kaufman is a middle-school teacher and an author. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her family. Visit her online at www.sashikaufman.com.