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Autor (s): David Glen Robb
Título: Paul, Big, And Small
Número de páginas: 384
Fecha de lanzamiento: 1 de octubre de 2019
Editor: Shadow Mountain Pub
Formato: EpubA trio of high school outcastsPaul, Big, and Smallface the complicated world of predators and prey in high school and come to realize that overcoming lifes challenges will take more than perseverance. Paul Adams is the shortest kid at his high school, and the school bullies relentlessly pick on him. Hes become an expert at avoiding the predatory students and spends the entire day wishing school would end so he can escape to his favorite sport of rock-climbing. This is the only place where he feels in control, competent, and free, despite the inherent fear. In English class, hes teamed up on a writing project with two kids who make him nervous because they tower over him. Pauls rabbit-on-the-run mind goes to work, thinking of ways to escape any inevitable beat-downs. Lily Small is athletic, attractive, and, despite her last name, is actually very tall. Another kid, who looks almost like a grown man, introduces himself with a long Polynesian name, but says everyone calls him Big, and he seems to like the nickname! As they get to know each otherPaul, Big, and Smalldiscover they have a lot in common as outsiders in their high school. Lily, in addition to being very tall, is one of the few black students in school and the adopted child of a white family, so she has felt the subtly of casual racism and sometimes feels out of place. Rock climbing helps her handle the stresses in her life. Big is proud of his Polynesian heritage, his large family, and his large stature, and he embraces his uniqueness. Because of his size, he has the power to pummel any adversary, but he tells Paul that his secret weapon is actually the nice way he treats people. As the trios friendship forms, their unique personalities are no longer those of misfits, but complement each other. Paul is timid in school, but a dreamer and aspirational as a rock climber, hoping to one day complete the most difficult and highest wall climb at the gym. Lily is grounded and practical, both in school and as a climber. Big is open-hearted, supportive, calm, and wisea Yoda-like mentor for the group. Paul and Lily decide to enter a local competition for climbers, but their plans are abruptly halted by Lilys diagnosis of leukemia. Paul is terrified of what lies ahead in Lily's medical treatment, knowing what happened to his mother who died of cancer a few short years before. He retreats back to rabbit mode and cant even visit her in the hospital. But Lily really wants Paul to go ahead with the competition and advises him to team up with Conor, the student who bullies Paul the most. Reluctantly, Paul agrees to move ahead with Lilys wish, knowing that Conor is a strong climber and their best chance at winning. Paul goes to Conors house to try to break the ice, but overhears a conversation Conor has with his father, which reveals a secret about his family: his mother is struggling with severe mental illness, and Conor's beleaguered father has no time to parent and sees Conor more as an additional caretaker, rather than a teenager with his own struggles often directed as rage towards others. While Paul is used to dealing with every bullys rage, experiencing humiliation, and accepting that as his fate, he experiences a life-transforming change of heart when he sees how an endless cycle of bullying can lead to gun violencea tragic event that happens outside of school. Pulling together things hes learned from Big, his dad, and Lily, and fueled by a new sense of empathy, Paul is transformed by tragedy from a timid rabbit to a rock that will stand his ground. He vows that bullying in his school HAS GOT TO STOP and he, and other students, must not be predators or bystanders, but part of the solution. Paul, Big, and Small is about the turbulent, emotional lives of young adults who are struggling with lifes challenges openly and sometimes in secret. They learn to overcome them by speaking the hard truths, learning from the unique gifts of others, adapting to inevitable changes, and finding the power of perseverance.
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