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    DescriptionGifted artist? Standout student? All his teachers are sure certain that Evan Galloway can be the graduate who brings glory to small, ordinary St. Sebastian's School. As for Evan, however, he can't be bothered anymore. Since the shock of his young father's suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. In fact, he believes that he spent the first fifteen years of his life living a lie. Despite his mother's encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope. Then Evan's grandmother hands him the key--literally, a key--to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him. In a voice that resonates with the authenticity of grief, Steven Parlato tells a different kind of coming-of-age story, about a boy thrust into adulthood too soon, through the corridor of shame, disbelief, and finally...compassion.

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    The Namesake
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven Parlato
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9781440554575
    ISBN 10: 1440554579

    BIC E4L: GEN, F13+
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.2
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12500
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T Book Type: JF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Ingram Subject Code: CK
    Libri: I-CK
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/DEATH
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039030
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 218
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: X11824000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 76
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039160
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039240
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV033000, JUV013060
    DC23: 813.6
    LC classification: PZ7.P2415 NAM 2012
    Adams Media Corporation
    Imprint name
    Adams Media Corporation
    Publication date
    25 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Holbrook, MA
    Author Information
    Steven Parlato, a writer, teacher, and illustrator whose poetry has been featured in Borderlands and Freshwater is the winner of the 2011 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature. He lives in Connecticut with his family and is at work on his second novel.
    Review quote
    "The story is powerful, and the plot is well crafted . . . [a] thoughtful coming-of-age story." --"School Library Journal""Parlato constructs an introspective debut about the aftershocks of family trauma. Evan's journey . . . is complex and solidly woven. Parlato's . . . ambitious, well-executed plot twists and nimbly handled cast make him a name to watch." --"Publishers Weekly""Before his father killed himself, [Evan's] home life was pretty normal . . . Now there's a hole in that life that can't be filled or explained. Parlato's debut novel . . . is a painstaking dissection of a father's past and its reverberations in his son's life. A memorable, disturbing story, carefully wrought." --"Kirkus Reviews""Steven Parlato's "The Namesake" is an emotionally stimulating young adult novel that delves into the powerful topic of abuse. Using dry wit, incredible similes and metaphors, and a very thought-provoking storyline, Parlato introduces the reader to an original and unforgiving exploration of the teenage psyche." --Blogcritics"Steven Parlato's "The Namesake" totally knocked me off my feet. This is the type of book that keeps you reading, especially if you enjoy dark humor. It's jarring to be sure, but well worth your time." --"Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile""The novel shapes up to be one of the best contemporary reads I have ever read. The further I got into the book, the more I became convinced that [the author] was a genius with his writing. The characters were all perfectly laid out. I was able to connect with each and every one of them." --"The Subtle Chronicler"