Tennyson tells his twin sister, Bronte, to stay away from “the Bruiser.” She has a knack for bad boys, and Bruiser is the ultimate outcast. In fact, Tennyson has such a problem with Bronte befriending Bruiser that he decides to follow him home one day to learn more about this mysterious character. That one act changes everything!
"There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they're happening to me." A story told from multiple points of view, Shusterman creates a wonderful and emotional story of an empath, Brewster, who can take away physical and emotional pain. We think we want our hurts and pains taken away, but how would it be to live in an emotionless bubble? Shusterman’s writing will allow instructors to teach first person present point of view (Tennyson); first person past tense point of view (Bronte); total stream-of-consciousness (Cody), and free verse (Brewster). This novel is a fabulous story that will capture both experienced and reluctant readers!
Novel Unit Contains:
Novel Study Questions - over 200 questions (includes answers with page #) These questions are in order of the novel and are only literal questions. They can be used for chapter by chapter running quizzes throughout the novel study.
Vocabulary handout (20 words)
End of Novel Test
Essay question (optional for test)