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By Michael Simmons

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596430709, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2006


Will is pretty much your average 16-year-old. He does well enough in school, plays in a rock band, chases girls with little success, and has a typical collection of oddball friends...with one significant exception. For as long as he can remember, he has been systematically beaten up--physically, mentally, and emotionally--by his older brother. Taut, gripping and at times mordantly funny, Vandal amply fulfills the promise of Michael Simmons's justly praised first novel, Pool Boy.

About the Author
Michael Simmons lives in New York City. He is the author of two novels, "Pool Boy," which received starred reviews from "Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and The Bulletin," and "Finding Lubchenko."

Praise For Vandal

“The age-old question of “Am I my brother’s keeper?” receives a particularly thoughtful analysis.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“It packs an emotional punch.”—Publishers Weekly
“A deftly structured, refreshingly unsentimental, and witty analysis of the resilient, complicated bonds that connect siblings. . . . The character study of a bully who ‘was more than just a brute’ is nuanced, the pacing is skillfully modulated, and the conclusion, free of nostrums about catharsis and rehabilitation, feels touching and true.”—Booklist, Starred Review