Written by Brian Doyle
Publication Date March 01, 2004
Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award
In his first year in high school, Hubbo O'Driscoll is torn between his poor but fun friends and the shallow but rich kids.
In this novel based on Great Expectations, Brian Doyle does a brilliant job of dealing with the issue of class and all its implications. Poverty, social climbing and the connotations of each are presented through the classic Doyle blend of humor and gravity.
Winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award 1989
Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 1988
Selected for the Books for the Teenage from the New York Public Library 1999
Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Prize, the Phoenix Honor Award, and he has been named a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.
"an absolute delight" Spectator
"Doyle writes a tight narrative with wit and verve." Books in Canada
"Doyle...zeroes in on adolescent feelings and dialogue with complete accuracy. His blend of sophisticated satire, realism and empathy with the human condition creates an atmosphere with which the reader easily identifies." Reviewing Librarian
"Doyle's characters have the universal quality of ancient folk tale characters...Thanks to writers like Doyle, Canada...has developed a literature for young adults that is as unique as it is universal." Quill & Quire