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Shawn McDaniel is an enigma and a miracle--except no one knows it, least of all his father. His life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. Not even those who love him best have any idea what he is truly like. In this extraordinary and powerful first novel, the reader learns to look beyond the obvious and finds a character whose spirit is rich beyond imagining and whose story is unforgettable.

My life is like one of those "good news-bad news" jokes. Like, "I've got some good news and some bad news--which do you want first?"

I could go on about my good news for hours, but you probably want to hear the punch line, my bad news, right? Well, there isn't that much, really, but what's here is pretty wild. First off, my parents got divorced ten years ago because of me. My being born changed everything for all of us, in every way. My dad didn't divorce my mom, or my sister, Cindy, or my brother, Paul--he divorced me. He couldn't handle my condition, so he had to leave. My condition? Well, that brings us to the guts of my bad news.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL), Books for Youth Editor's Choice 2000 (Booklist), Top 10 Youth First Novels 2000(Booklist), 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), and 2001 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published on June 30, 2000 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0060285192
ISBN-13: 9780060285197
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  • juanstayballing
    juanstayballingThursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:22 am55 stars
    shawn mcDanles life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is guled to his wheelchair unable to voluntariy move a muchle he cant even move his eyes. shawn may want an release from where he is because he has been in the sail for a retty long time now.
    • sankj
      sankjMonday, September 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm
      After reading the first page of the book, I was really intrigued, and I was so eager to start reading it. The idea of a girl with cerebral palsy who had an eidetic memory was fascinating. I wonder how she will be able to prove her real potential to people.