Noggin

By John Corey Whaley

2014 nationwide publication AWARD FINALIST

Travis Coates has a great head…on anyone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and entirely unique coming-of-age tale from John Corey Whaley, writer of the Printz and Morris Award–winning Where issues Come Back.

Listen—Travis Coates was once alive as soon as after which he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.

The in among half continues to be a bit fuzzy, yet Travis can let you know that, sooner or later or one other, his head received chopped off and shoved right into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. 5 years later, it was once reattached to a couple different guy’s physique, and good, right here he's. regardless of all good judgment, he’s nonetheless 16, yet every thing and everybody round him has replaced. that comes with his bed room, his mom and dad, his ally, and his female friend. or even she’s no longer his female friend anymore? That’s a piece fuzzy too.

Looks like if the recent Travis and the outdated Travis are ever going to discover the way to exist jointly, there are going to be a number of extra scars.

Oh good, you simply stay two times.

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I don’t know . . . in order that far better approximately every little thing. I don’t consider as misplaced. ” “Are you gonna consult them back? ” “Hell yeah, i'm. I’m considering flying out to California fairly quickly so i will be able to meet them. He had childrens, Travis. I simply don’t see how I can’t cross inform them how thankful i'm in individual. ” “That’s gonna be so difficult, don’t you're thinking that? ” “I’m yes it’ll be tricky for we all. yet sturdy for us too, i feel. They reached out to me simply because they sought after me to understand what sort of a guy he was once, and that i can’t inform you how a lot of a distinction it’s made. ” He was once happier than I’d ever heard him—excited, I’d say. approximately every thing. in regards to the subsequent day and the following week and the week after that. He was once able to fall again in love with lifestyles, he acknowledged. and that i was once jealous of him. simply because although i used to be approximately to do that really romantic and drastic and insane factor, I wasn’t a lot excited as i used to be thoroughly and devastatingly terrified. yet Lawrence, he were enlightened. The nerve endings and veins and arteries conscientiously attaching his head to his physique have been firing and pulsating and pumping with a renewed feel of chance and fervor. He had discovered his solutions, and so they all additional as much as one final challenge. He simply needed to preserve dwelling. “So what did you need to inform me, Travis? ” Lawrence requested. “Oh. It’s not anything. ” “You definite? ” “Yeah, Lawrence. I’ll seek advice from you quickly. ” •  •  • Hatton and that i sat in my mom’s vehicle round the nook from the Grindhouse and permit the warmth blasting from the dashboard vents make its means onto our faces in silence. i used to be passing the little felt ring field from one hand to the opposite, and Hatton used to be having a look over at me from the nook of his eye. i feel Kyle had stated every little thing that had to be stated, so Hatton was once simply going to permit this all play out with no making an attempt too difficult to forestall me. “You’re asking her in there? ” “I may. is determined by what occurs. ” “In entrance of him? ” “I imagine it'd be romantic, perhaps. ” “Yeah. Or a complete educate destroy. ” “It’s nearly time. My palms are sweating. ” “You don’t need to do that, Travis. ” “I do, although. thank you for bringing me. ” “I’ll be ready the following, guy. ” My stroll down the sidewalk felt extra like a funeral march. Then while I walked inside of and observed them sitting within the again nook, I nearly circled. Cate raised one hand as much as get my consciousness, and Turner, who had his again to the door, rotated and smiled. He had sloppy brown hair combed to at least one part, and his brow was once huge and glossy. He had an excellent smile, a good one, i believe, and it gave the impression of he most likely acquired loads of compliments on his enamel. whilst he stood to shake my hand, i used to be substantially taller and it used to be challenging to not exhibit how nice this made me think. thanks, Jeremy. “Travis. great to fulfill you, guy. ” “You too. ” He sat down beside Cate, leaving one aspect of the sales space empty for me. I took a seat and nervously regarded up at her and smiled. “So this is often great, huh? ” Turner all started. “Yeah,” Cate agreed. “How was once college? ” “It was once fine,” I acknowledged. “Same as on a daily basis, i suppose.

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