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Kids of Appetite

By: David Arnold

After his father's death, Vic falls in with a mysterious and alluring band of kids that wanders his New Jersey neighborhood.

ISBN: 9780451470782

JLG Release: Nov 2016


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language
Topics: Friendship , Voyages and travels , Death , Love , Facial paralysis , People with disabilities , Congolese (Democratic Republic) , Adolescence

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Awards & Honors

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016, Young Adult
YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Indies Choice Book Awards 2017 Book of the Year Finalist, Young Adult

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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In a Hackensack police interrogation room, sixteen-year-old Bruno Victor Benucci III is being interviewed as a witness to a murder. We learn, via Vic’s first-person narration including flashbacks, about his rare neurological disorder, Moebius syndrome, which causes facial paralysis; about his grief over his deceased father; and about his R In a Hackensack police interrogation room, sixteen-year-old Bruno Victor Benucci III is being interviewed as a witness to a murder. We learn, via Vic’s first-person narration including flashbacks, about his rare neurological disorder, Moebius syndrome, which causes facial paralysis; about his grief over his deceased father; and about his “heart-thinker” personality, which makes his inability to conventionally express emotions feel more devastating. In a separate interrogation room is second narrator Madeline (Mad) Falco, a headstrong, almost-eighteen-year-old orphan whose abusive uncle was the murder victim. Mad runs with a crew that includes Congolese-refugee brothers Baz, a fatherly twenty-seven-year-old who turned himself in for the murder, and twenty-year-old Zuz, who is selectively mute; and eleven-year-old Coco, a connoisseur of sass, rap, and “faux cussing” (“What the motherfrakking frak . . . ?”). Early in Vic’s tale, the quartet welcomes him in with open arms after he runs away from his mother and her despised new fiancé with his father’s urn, looking to scatter Dad’s ashes per his instructions—a mission that lends structure to much of his story. Arnold’s (Mosquitoland, rev. 3/15) prose is sharp and observant, his pacing restrained, revealing each character’s backstory gradually while also setting up a murder investigation that keeps readers guessing until the second it doesn’t. Vic constantly refers to life revelations from his father, including the idea of “simultaneous extreme opposites”—a concept that, given all the laugh-cries to be had in his emotionally well-wrought novel, Arnold motherfrakking nails. katrina hedeen

Book Details

ISBN

9780451470782

First Release

November 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 19;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Viking

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language

Topics

Friendship, Voyages and travels, Death, Love, Facial paralysis, People with disabilities, Congolese (Democratic Republic), Adolescence,

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