About The Book


Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious “tour de force of imagination and empathy” (Booklist, starred review) from John Corey Whaley, author of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where Things Come Back.

Listen—Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of the author

John Corey Whaley grew up in Louisiana. His debut novel, Where Things Come Back, was the 2012 winner of the Michael L. Printz and the William C. Morris Awards. You can learn more about him at JohnCoreyWhaley.com and follow him on Twitter: @Corey_Whaley.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (April 8, 2014)
  • Runtime: 8 hours and 45 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781442369863
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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Awards and Honors

  • National Book Award Finalist
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Thumbs Up! Award Master List (MI)
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Master List (PA)
  • ILA Young Adults' Choices
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List High School Title
  • Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • NYPL Best Books for Teens
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee
  • Florida Teens Read Master List
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • Volunteer State Book Award Master List (TN)
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • Texas Tayshas Reading List
  • ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Top Ten
  • California Book Award Finalist
  • ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Nominee
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • MSTA Reading Circle List
  • Cybils Award Finalist
  • Amazing Audiobooks for YA
  • Eliot Rosewater High School Master List
  • Westchester Fiction Award

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