About The Book

You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend.

Lots of people think Doug Hanson is a freak -- he gets beat up after school, and the girl of his dreams calls him a worm. Doug's only refuge is creating an elaborate bridge for the model railroad in his basement and hanging out with his best friend, Andy Morrow, a popular football star who could date any girl in school. Doug and Andy talk about everything -- except what happened at the Tuttle place a few years back.

It does not matter to Andy that we live in completely different realities. I'm Andy's best friend. It does not matter to Andy that we hardly ever actually do anything together.

As Doug retreats deeper and deeper into his own reality, long-buried secrets threaten to destroy both Doug and Andy -- and everything else in Doug's fragile world.

About The Author

Photo Credit:

Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.

 

About The Illustrator

Photo Credit:

Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.

 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 7, 2012)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439107041
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

"Echoes of Faulkner."

-- Kirkus

"With its excellent plot development and unforgettable, heartbreaking protagonist, this is a compelling novel of mental illness."

-- School Library Journal, starred review

"Hautman once again proves his keen ability for characterization and for building suspense."

-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Awards and Honors

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Thumbs Up! Award Master List (MI)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List High School Title
  • Texas Tayshas High School Reading List
  • Kirkus Editor's Choice
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • Pennsylvania School Librarian Association (PSLA) "Top Ten (Or So)" Young Adult Books
  • YALSA Teens Top Ten (TTT) Nominee
  • Blue Hen Book Award Master List (DE)
  • VOYA - Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
  • ALA Quick Picks Nominee
  • ALA Notable Children's Book Nominee
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Wisconsin Library Association Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award (WI)
  • Minnesota Book Awards Finalist
  • Evergreen Book Award Master List (WA)
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - Top Ten
  • VOYA Nonfiction Honor List

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