The One Where the Kid Nearly Jumps to His Death and Lands in California
Alastair, a thirteen-year-old who calls himself "Stump" because of his amputated leg, must face a summer at his wealthy but estranged father's beach house in Los Angeles, where he meets his stepmother, falls in love with a teenaged soap opera star, and decides to train for a race with a former Olympic swim coach.
Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Divorce; Step parent; Physical disability; Addiction; divorced parents; step mother; amputation; missing leg; alcoholism
divorced mother and father; step mother
Thumbs Up! Award, 2008, Nominee
Core Collection YA Characters with Special Needs, 2008
summer; swimming; Los Angeles, California; father and son; moving on; accident; prosthetic legs
Hershey, Mary, "The One Where the Kid Nearly Jumps to His Death and Lands in California" (2007). Diverse Families. 1604.