“There are two groups of people in the world. Really only two groups. The people who loved high school and the people who hated high school. And everyone knows what group they are in.”
Paul and Julie Clampet want their autistic son Toby to have a great senior year in high school. They want him to catch a winning touchdown, ride in the homecoming parade, and go to the homecoming dance. After being expelled from his high school they find a broken down school in Indianna where they hire the teachers and kids to conspire to give their son his best year ever. Funny, poignant, a comment on the times we live in, My Best Year is up there with Perotta’s Election for diagramming the heartbreak and triumph that is high school. (William Hazelgrove)
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After writing Real Santa and exploring the lengths parents will go to for their children, I hit on the idea for My Best Year. I took the basic premise that there are two groups of people in high school, those that liked high school and those that hated high school. Between these two groups is everyone else. And so we have Toby who cannot get a break and his fathers obsession that he should have a great Senior year in high school like he had. To this end he basically hires a high school and of course everything goes wrong. Enjoy.From the Back Cover:
Praise for William Hazelgrove's Novels "American Fiction is not dead...Hazelgrove has skillfullyrevived it. Highly recommended."--Library Journal"Hazelgrove writes with warmth and feeling, his charactersrichly drawn, moving and evocative of it's time."--Booklist"Its a steam roller of a story, starting small and getting biggerand bigger..."--Starred Review American Library Association"Hazelgrove has a natural grace as a storyteller that ismatched by his compassion for his characters."--Chicago Sun Times"Hazelgroves writing has the natural arc of a baseball game."--Junior Library Guild"Hazelgrove marries the everyday dramas found in the novelsof Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby to the high camp of CarlHiaasen or Dave Barry..."--Kirkus (Real Santa)"If somebody doesn't make a movie out of this book, there'ssomething wrong with the world. Beautifully done."--Booklist Starred Review (Real Santa)
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