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Unable to control his movements, except for very short periods, Sam is shunned by his stepfather, Bill. Sam is a wonderful metaphor for life.

Old Bill changed his name when he married Jack's mom. We later find out the true James is a caring man who builds windmills and works for George the Coot for a living. It is an important and pivotal feature of the story and of Sam, but it is written honestly and plainly. Sam's disease and his efforts to control it while still suffering through the regular problems of hormones, family problems, school drudgeries, and self-discovery was compelling to read. Now Sam is about to graduate from high school. It too is not overly done, just a subtle part of the quest Sam is on. Then I had to go home and read it right then. It all starts to change when he agrees to work for George the Coot who used to be best friends with his real father. His relationships with George the crazy old coot , his mom, and Naomi aka, the girl of his dreams were complex and you could feel the emotion; you could even feel the negative emotions between him and his step dad. Like children frequently went to sleep normal and woke up monsters who couldn't keep their damn bodies still.

He himself cannot see beyond his disorder, but others can show him the way. She opens up to Jack though at the end of the book while they are on the trip.

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Highly recommended, this book well deserves the ALA Schneider Award which consistently awards books that are very special and worth finding. Sam is very outspoken and shy as he is picked on anywhere he goes. Then the wind'll die and you won's see anything for months.

Sam whose real name turns out to be Jack embarks on a cross-country road trip to discover his roots, his identity, and his love for Naomi, who tags along, bringing some unexpected baggage. He has no prospects, no college dreams, nothing to look forward to. Appropriate for ages One day he'll flail like a windmill in spring.

Citations All about them, the characters! It is an important and pivotal feature of the story and of Sam, but it is written honestly and plainly.

The first way he is portrayed is by Old Bill and he is portrayed as an evil drunk that cared nothing about Jack. We later find out the true James is a caring man who builds windmills and works for George the Coot for a living. His relationships with George the crazy old coot , his mom, and Naomi aka, the girl of his dreams were complex and you could feel the emotion; you could even feel the negative emotions between him and his step dad. The other characters were pretty interesting as well. Unable to control his movements, except for very short periods, Sam is shunned by his stepfather, Bill. It happened most often in the second half of the book, but the ending resolved well without me knowing exactly how everything was going to sort itself out , so that's redeeming. Sam's trip of self-discovery was fulfilling to read. He also knows that his name before his mom, Lydia, married Old Bill was Jack Keegan, the name his father gave to him. This changes their whole relationship as friends because Jack feels as if he has to take care of her because noone else is. Now Sam is about to graduate from high school. She is kind of a round character because at the beginnning she is very nice to Sam but also very stand-offish. Like he got off on destroying a kid's life. Sam is abused by life but unbroken. Question is, how bad? I also appreciated the thread of religion that runs through the book, becoming part of Sam's journey as well.

I also appreciated the thread of religion that runs through the book, becoming part of Sam's journey as well.

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