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Simmons, Michael. Vandal.

SIMMONS, Michael. Vandal. Roaring Brook. 176p. c2006. 1-59643-070-2. $16.95. JS

Jason is more than just a vandal; he's also a bully, an arsonist, and a bona fide juvenile delinquent. And unfortunately, he's Will's older brother. There's no obvious reason for Jason's delinquency, other than poor impulse control, Will tells us, and his long-suffering but supportive family does its best to cope. Meanwhile, Will, age 16, is a normal teen, with friends and a girl he has a crush on who he tries to impress. Will has a job with a KISS tribute band impersonating the lead guitarist, and in an attempt to create an alliance with his big brother he offers Jason a job as a roadie. Of course, Jason picks a fight on stage with the sound guy, get kicked out by the bouncers, and then takes off in the group's van--only to smash into the family car in the driveway, gravely injuring his younger sister. Can his family still forgive him?

Simmons, author of Pool Boy and Finding Lubchenko, conveys the complex mix of emotions Jason stirs up in Will poignantly and believably. In the end, after years of waiting for Jason to change, Will realizes that he's the one who has changed, and that loyalty to Jason will win out over his anger. A thought-provoking and heartfelt novel. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2006
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