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Jerk, California

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Jerk, California

By Jonathan Friesen

Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780142412039, 327pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2008

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This Schneider Family Book Award winner changed the face of Tourette's Syndrome for modern teens. Wrought with tension, romance, and hope, Jerk, California tells the story of Sam, who sets out on a cross-country quest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited Tourette's Syndrome, along the way finding both love and acceptance.

About the Author
Jerk, California is Jonathan Friesen s first novel. A fourteen-year public school teacher and writing instructor at the University of Minnesota, Jonathan shares his passion for writing with children of all ages including three of his own, whom he home schools. He lives in Mora, Minnesota."

Praise For Jerk, California

-Compelling.+ -School Library Journal

-Emotionally rewarding and effective.+ -VOYA

-Like any good road story, there are enough corners and bends to keep readers eagerly anticipating what lies ahead at the journey+s end.+ -Booklist