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Chinese Handcuffs

Title

Chinese Handcuffs

Authors

Christ Crutcher

Publisher

Greenwillow Books

Pages

304 pages

Publication Year

2004

ISBN

9780060598396

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Divorce; Step parent; Family violence; divorced parents; separate homes; co-parenting; death of a brother; grief; family tragedy; loss; domestic abuse; spousal abuse; addiction; step father

Annotation

Dillon is living with the painful memory of his brother's suicide-and the role he played in it. To keep his mind and body occupied, he trains intensely for the Ironman triathlon. But outside of practice, his life seems to be falling apart. Then Dillon finds a confidante in Jennifer, a star high school basketball player who's hiding her own set of destructive secrets. Together, they must find the courage to confront their demons-before it's too late.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Family Formation

multiple

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1990

Keywords

child abuse; sexual abuse; suicide; triathlon; high school; basketball; drugs

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Chinese Handcuffs

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