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A “witty, thoughtful, and surprisingly tender” (The Independent) novel about two boys on the far side of trauma and the improbable friendship that grants them both the chance for a new beginning
978-0-8021-7072-9 • $14.95 • Paperback • Apr. 2010
In Joe Speedboata sparkling coming-of-age novel that “recalls The World According to Garp” (NRC Handelsblad ) and has sold over 300,000 copies in Hollandthe inhabitants of a sleepy rural town are shaken awake by the arrival of a kinetic young visionary, the eponymous Joe.
After a violent farming accident plunges him into a coma for six months, young Frankie Hermans wakes up to discover that he’s paralyzed and mute. Bound to a wheelchair, Frankie struggles to adjust to a life where he must rely on family and friends to complete even the simplest tasks. The only body part he can control is his right arm, which he uses obsessively to record all the details of daily life in his town.
But when he meets Joe Speedboata boy who blazed into town like a meteor while Frankie slepteverything changes. Joe is a centrifugal force with the touch of a magician and the spirit of a daredevil, and he alone sees the potential strength in Frankie’s handicaps. With Joe’s help, Frankie’s good arm will be used for more that just writing: as a champion arm-wrestler, Frankie will be powerful enough to win back his friends, and maybe even woo P. J., the corkscrew-haired girl who has them all in a tailspin.
Alive and exuberant with the profundities of adolescence, Joe Speedboat is the supersonic story of an unlikely alliance and a lightning-quick dash to grow up.