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Boy in the Black Suit

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.
Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can't handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who's dealt with a lot more--and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down--in this "vivid, satisfying, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace" ( Kirkus Reviews) from the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award-winning author of When I Was the Greatest.
Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died--although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can't handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad's snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt's snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. Crazy name, and she's been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She's tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he's drawn to her, and definitely why he can't seem to shake her. Because there's nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness--and who can maybe even help take it away.
Target age group 12-17
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  • ISBN-13
    9781442459519
  • ISBN-10
    1442459514
  • Item #
    48355
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can't handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who's dealt with a lot more--and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down--in this "vivid, satisfying, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace" ( Kirkus Reviews) from the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award-winning author of When I Was the Greatest. Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died--although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can't handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad's snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt's snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. Crazy name, and she's been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She's tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he's drawn to her, and definitely why he can't seem to shake her. Because there's nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness--and who can maybe even help take it away. Target age group 12-17
  • Dimensions
    0.9 H x 8.0 L x 5.4 W
  • Author
    Reynolds, Jason
  • Grade Level
    6+
  • Age Group
    12 to 17 yrs
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Subject Category 1
    Young Adult Fiction
  • Subject Category 2
    Social Themes | Death & Dying
  • Subject Category 3
    Social Themes | Friendship
  • Theme
    Ethnic Orientation - African-American
  • Awards
    Coretta Scott King Award - Honor
  • Lexile Level
    760 HL
  • AR Level
    4.8
  • Pages
    304
  • Publication Date
    8/16/2016
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Case Qty
    48