Tuesday, December 20, 2011

He Ain't Heavy: MG/YA fiction featuring overweight boys

After browsing this list, be sure to check out the companion list--Fat Bottomed Girls: MG/YA fiction featuring overweight girls.

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Kissing the Rain (Kevin Brooks)
Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder.
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Payback Time (Carl Deuker)
Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field--or to discuss his past.
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green)
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
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Takeoffs and Landings (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
An overweight, timid fifteen-year-old boy and his popular fourteen-year-old sister begin to overcome their guilt over their father's death and reconnect with each other and their emotionally-distant mother when they accompany her on a two-week speaking tour.
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Planet of Junior Brown (Virginia Brown)
Already a leader in New York's underground world of homeless children, Buddy Clark takes on the responsibility of protecting the overweight, emotionally disturbed friend with whom he has been playing hooky from eighth grade all semester.
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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (Kimberly Willis Holt)
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
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Diary of A Witness (Catherine Ryan Hyde)
Ernie, an overweight high school student and long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, overwhelmed by problems at home and guilt over his brother's death, seeks a final solution.
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One Fat Summer (Robert Lipsyte)
An overweight fourteen-year-old boy experiences a turning-point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.
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Fat Vampire (Adam Rex)
After Doug Lee is attacked by a vampire he is forced to remain overweight and fifteen for eternity and as he attempts to prove himself to the new Indian exchange student, Doug must navigate high school and avoid a persistent vampire hunter.
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Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have (Adam Zadoff)
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.
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Playground (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson)

The "mostly true" story of a school bully. After beating up Maurice on the playground, Butterball is is forced to see a therapist.

2 comments:

  1. Also on this topic-- Tucker Shaw's Flavor of the Week,Andy Behrens The Fast and the Furriest, Ellen Potter' Slob and Chris Lynch's Slot Machine. Great list!

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  2. Can't believe I forgot about Slob! Great additions!

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