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Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

Author/Publisher/Website: Norton, P.
Copyright: 2018
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Sep/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781484798683
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 11-12
(View recommended grades and subjects) English Language Arts

Resource Description

Sixteen-year-old Cliff has many issues to deal with: his large size makes him a target for school bullies, he is trying to cope with his brother’s suicide, and his father is an abusive drunk. All of these events greatly affect his self-image and self-esteem but when one of the bullies – Arron, the school’s quarterback – asks for Cliff’s help on a peculiar mission, Cliff develops friendships and connections at school and learns to understand his brother’s death. This quirky, contemporary novel raises issues of bullying, domestic abuse, self-acceptance, body image, and male identity, and can be used as a classroom or reading circle novel for grades 11 and 12. Social considerations noted. Log in to read the full review.
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