Grand and Humble

Grand and Humble

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Harlan's a popular kid and Manny's a geek. But something strange is happening to both of them. Harlan is slowly losing his grip because he's plagued by panic attacks he can't control. And Manny has started having nerve–racking nightmares that leave him exhausted and terrified. In this complex and original novel, popular author Brent Hartinger takes us on an intense psychological journey as Harlan and Manny struggle with a fear they can't name. It's a journey that eventually leads downtown, where a secret lies at the intersection of Grand and Humble.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 129.5 x 180.3 x 25.4mm | 294.84g
  • HarperCollins Childrens Book Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0060567279
  • 9780060567279
  • 2,166,367

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Harlan is cool and Manny is a geek, but both inhabit this unnamed town, and their paths crisscross in odd ways. Harlan is the son of a Senator and a star swimmer whose mother is in total control of his life. Manny's the lighting guru for the Drama Club and his father is a solo parent since his mother died when he was three. Both boys suffer from nightmares that foretell disaster, often connected to the intersection aptly named in the title. Pushed by their need to know more about their childhood and family history, Harlan remains focused on trying to take control of his own life, while Manny struggles to get the information he needs from his father. While the main characters aren't connected, the people in their lives intersect; Harlan's best friend, openly gay Ricky, runs into Manny in a casual encounter similar to the way Manny's friend Elsa, who happens to be deaf, manages an important connection with Harlan. Suspense builds as the ominous dreams become more intense and each boy struggles to find a way past their fears. Parallels and double meanings abound in this tricky, but satisfying, double narrative. It's all about fate and connections for the grand and the humble. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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787 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 24% (190)
4 32% (251)
3 29% (232)
2 11% (84)
1 4% (30)

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Two boys, who on the outside couldn't be more different. Harlan Chesterton is good looking, popular, the rich son of a prominent Senator. He's an ace on the school swim team, he's dating the beautiful Amber, his best friend, Ricky, has street cred. If it weren't for the debilitating panic attacks, along with the flashes of tragic premonition that Harlan experiences, his life would be perfect. After all, that's what his mother is aiming for--running the lives of her husband and son until every detail is absolutely perfect. Manny Tucker, on the other hand, is a geek. A theater geek, to be exact. Never one to attract attention, Manny prefers working behind the scenes with the lighting, bringing the stars of the stage into perfect, shining glory. He's not popular, he's often picked on by the other kids in school, and his good friend, Elsa, is deaf. He likes working on the computer, coming up with movies to film with Elsa, and living a simple life with his single-father dad. Except lately he's been having vivid nightmares that seem to portend a tragic ending. How is it that two boys, so far removed on both a social and financial level, should share the same feelings of dread and uncertainty that Harlan and Manny do? And how is the intersection of Grand and Humble, a scene which both see in their unwanted "visions" of either the past or future, involved? GRAND & HUMBLE is an engaging mystery that delves into the paranormal. The result is a thriller with twists and turns and a surprise ending that will leave even the best of detectives guessing until the final page. Not to be missed by all lovers of a good, thought-provoking "what if" story, GRAND & HUMBLE is sure to please!show more
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