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Charm & strange, Stephanie Kuehn

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Charm & strange
Title
Charm & strange
Statement of responsibility
Stephanie Kuehn
Title variation
Charm and strange
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying
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Pace
Tone
Award
  • William C. Morris YA Debut Award, 2014.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2016
Review
  • Grades 9-12 Debut author Kuehn comes out swinging with this confident, unnerving look at a damaged teen struggling with something violent inside of him. The book alternates two time frames. In the first, 16-year-old Win is a withdrawn boarding school student tortured by the “eviscerated,” “partly consumed” body of a townie in the woods just off-campus. The second story line follows Win as an anxious 10-year-old first dealing with the suffocating feral feelings that tell him he is harboring a beast. “My wolf is in me,” he says, and readers will turn each page warily, expecting a grisly transformation scene. But Kuehn is up to something far more ambitious here. Her prose butts up against important events time and again without granting us an unobstructed view. Until the end, that is, which is more shattering than most readers will be prepared for. Though there is some running in place due to the alternating time lines, Kuehn absolutely nails the voice and keeps us on constant edge regarding exactly what genre of book it is that we’re reading. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 06-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 19, p86)
  • Kuehn's philosophical and emotionally raw debut probes the murky circumstances surrounding a damaged boy's sense of estrangement. Sixteen-year-old Winston has been isolated at a boarding school in Vermont since age 12, and his violent behavior is becoming increasingly difficult for him to control or remember. After a local is killed in the woods, Win suspects himself and worries about who else he'll hurt—and, more importantly, why? While Win has mastered the arts of intimidation, athleticism, and arrogance, he also hurts himself and continues to suffer the loss of two siblings. As the narrative shifts between the present and Win's past reflections on his childhood, he emerges as a complex, deeply conflicted character. A compassionate transfer student urges him to uncover the truth in his past and to finally seek help. The caustic voice, mysteries surrounding Win, and pervasive sense of dread should have readers racing to the end as Kuehn constructs a persuasive portrait of the lasting effects of trauma—namely, the ways it can result in a profound disassociation from reality. Ages 13–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (June) --Staff (Reviewed July 8, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 27, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for CHARM &#38 and STRANGE)From his opening announcement, "I don't feel the presence of God here," Andrew Winston Winters pulls readers into his story, alternating between his desperate life at an upscale Vermont boarding school and his grim, shadowed Virginia childhood. Present-day Win is smart, competitive and untrusting, estranged from his former roommate, Lex, his one ally and defender. The reasons for Win's self-loathing and keyed-up anxiety won't be fully revealed until story's end. What exactly does he expect to happen during the full moon? Why has he fallen out with Lex? Win's privileged childhood, when he was known as Drew, is another mystery. A violent child prone to motion sickness, his unvarnished self-portrait contains big gaps. What's happened to Keith, Win's gentle older brother, and Siobhan, their beloved younger sister? Kuehn unwinds her story like a cat toy, teasing readers. Only when all the pieces are fit into the puzzle will the mystery at its heart become clear. How the horrific secrets Win's been hoarding have shaped his past and explain his present crisis dominates the narrative. Timing--why he's experiencing his crisis and the choices flowing from it, now--gets less attention, leaving unanswered questions. A high-powered voice rich in charismatic style and emotional intensity illuminates this ambitious debut that doesn't quite live up to its potential. (Fiction. 13 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2013)
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10193884
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Kuehn, Stephanie
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Psychological abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Sexual abuse
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Charm & strange, Stephanie Kuehn
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn829999582
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9781250021946
Lccn
2013003247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)829999582
Label
Charm & strange, Stephanie Kuehn
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn829999582
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
216 pages
Isbn
9781250021946
Lccn
2013003247
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)829999582

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