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Chinese Handcuffs

Title

Chinese Handcuffs

Authors

Christ Crutcher

Publisher

Greenwillow Books

Publication Year

2004

ISBN

9780060598396

Pages

304 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

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

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

multiple

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

Diversity Impact

direct

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