This is a powerful story of hope and friendship, perfect for fans of Wonder and The Goldfish Boy. Exploring self-image, family and grief, this book will make you laugh and cry.
Twelve-year-old Will likes two things: turtles and the local nature reserve. Everything else is a nightmare, because Will has a facial difference that has earned him an unfortunate nickname. But when Will’s Bar Mitzvah community service project introduces him to RJ, a boy who is confined to a hospital room, Will discovers they both have strength to lend the other and that life is too short to live in a shell.
“In an image-based world where appearance can feel as if it's everything, Turtle Boy is a gentle reminder that it absolutely is not. ”
Onjali Q. Rauf, author of The Boy at the Back of the Class
“A big-hearted, hope-filled debut.”
“A gripping and genuinely moving coming-of-age story…”
M. Evan Wolkenstein is a Jewish educator, style writer and illustrator. His work has been published in Tablet Magazine and the Washington Post. Evan’s debut novel, Turtle Boy, began as an autobiographical comic strip about his experiences growing up with a facial deformity. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and baby daughter.