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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
by Robert Dugoni

PBR Review In the Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, Robert Dugoni creates a beautiful story about a boy born with a genetic abnormality, ocular albinism or red eyes. Growing up and attending Catholic school, he is called "Devil Boy " and is bullied and ostracized by classmates and surprisingly adults too. That is until one day Ernie, the only black child in school shows up. Sam and Ernie, are soon best friends and along with another outsider, Mickie, their strong bonds of friendship and camaraderie help them face the daily challenges of being different and not accepted. The story follows these three as they move forward into adulthood and define who they are. This book will tug at your heart and bring forth a few tears. Excellent for book clubs.Back.
Talking Points: A wonderful coming of age story about a boy born with red pupils. As a result, he is bullied and has few friends. Since there is a lot of discrimination: racial, sexual, disability, etc. there is much for book clubs to discuss. But it is also a book about strength and determination.
PBR Reader Comments:
A coming of age story about a boy born with red pupils and as a result is bullied, teased and not accepted. The story follows him and his two closest friends as they journey into adulthood and go beyond what defined them as children. It's heartwarming and poignant.
by-Linda 2019/03/22, 12:44 PM

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