Boy Toy

by Barry Lyga

Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is.
   Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened.
   If only he knew what the truth was . . .

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547076348
  • ISBN-10: 0547076347
  • Pages: 416
  • Publication Date: 01/05/2009
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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About the Book
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  • About the Book

    Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is.
       Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened.
       If only he knew what the truth was . . .

  • About the Author
  • Excerpts

    Ten Things I Learned at the Age of Twelve
    1. The Black Plague was transmitted by fleas that were carried throughout Europe by rats.
    2. If you first paralyze it, you can cut open a frog and watch its lungs continue to inflate and deflate.
    3. There are seven forms of the verb to be: am, being, been, is, was, were, and are.
    4. In order to divide fractions, you invert the divisor to arrive at the reciprocal, which is then multiplied by the dividend. (Mixed fractions must first be converted to improper fractions.) 5. In Salem, the witches weren’t burned at the stake—they were pressed to death under big rocks . . . or hanged.
    6. Islam was founded in the year 610. It is the third of three world religions worshiping the same God.
    7. Each point on a “coordinate plane” (created by the joining of an x-axis and a y-axis) can be described by an ordered pair of numbers.
    8. “Monotheism” is a belief system centered on a single deity, while “polytheism” subscribes to belief in multiple deities.
    9. The area of a circle can be determined by using the formula pr2, where r is the radius of the circle.
    10. How to please a woman.

  • Reviews

    [S]uccessful...character development...Lyga's cast feels very real, and he knows how to play them against each other. —Booklist, ALA

    "Lyga creates a tightly paced narrative...Authentic and fresh...Lyga's dynamic writing style creates an emotionally wrenching and haunting tale." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred

    "Lyga again skillfully captures the turbulent world of high school...expertly woven humor...a powerful message."--VOYA, teen reviewer, October 2007 VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

    "Heavy stuff, but Lyga...pulls it off brilliantly...Sure to be a controversial and influential read."—KLIATT, September 2007

    "Lyga's skillful writing subtly reveals...in a way that older teens will find fascinating, distressing, and worthy of their attention." — School Library Journal, Starred

    "[R]eaders drawn by the provocative subject matter may likely find themselves thinking more seriously about the truth behind the ribald humor." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "Lyga gives a moving account of innocence lost." —Newsday

    "[A] astounding portrayal of what it is like to be the young male victim." —The Chicago Tribune

    "[R]eaders will be fully engaged." — Library Media Connection

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