Big Guy

  • Pages:136
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:hi-lo, high interest, low reading level, reading strategies, reluctant readers
  • Pub Date:04/01/2008
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:HL540L
  • ATOS:3.5
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Derek thinks he might be falling in love. The problem is, he hasn't been entirely honest with his online boyfriend. Derek sent Ethan a photo taken before he got depressed and gained eighty pounds. Derek hasn't been honest with his employer either. When he lied about his age and experience to get a job with disabled adults, the last thing he expected was to meet a woman like Aaliyah. Smart, prickly and often difficult, Aaliyah challenges Derek's ideas about honesty and trust. Derek has to choose whether to risk telling the truth or to give up the most important relationship in his life.
"Engrossing and heartfelt...Stevenson deals with controversial and emotional issues with sensitivity and realism. Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"A fast read that should appeal to any reader looking for a story of self-acceptance and the determination to carry on."
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"Complex themes handled very well with humor and directness, this book would be a good addition to a HS library."
– Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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