Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Waiting On Wednesday - Paper Covers Rock
Publisher: Delacorte BYR
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
At the beginning of his junior year at a boys' boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, Alex and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving their web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides behind Moby-Dick. Caught in the web with Alex and Glenn is their English teacher, Miss Dovecott, fresh out of Princeton, who suspects there's more to what happened at the river when she perceives guilt in Alex's writing for class. She also sees poetic talent in Alex, which she encourages. As Alex responds to her attention, he discovers his true voice, one that goes against the boarding school bravado that Glenn embraces. When Glenn becomes convinced that Miss Dovecott is out to get them, Alex must choose between them. (summary from Goodreads)
I hadn't been able to find that much information about Paper Covers Rock until this article came up in the results of a search. So, in addition to the summary, this article says that Paper Covers Rock takes place in the 1980s at an all boy's boarding school. Despite the fact that it takes place almost 50 years later, the summary reminds me a bit of A Separate Peace, a book I love. Which, of course, makes me wonder how Alex and Glenn compare to Gene and Phineas.
What books are you eagerly waiting for this Wednesday?
"Waiting on" Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.