Little, Brown & Company (March 2012)
Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights and Finley is left alone to take care of his disabled grandfather. He’s always dreamed of somehow getting out, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.
Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. The life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won’t pick up a basketball, and yet answers only to the name Boy21—taken from his former jersey number.
As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21″ may turn out to be the answer they both need. Matthew Quick, the acclaimed author of Sorta Like a Rock Star, brings readers a moving novel about hope, recovery, and redemption.
– New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
– Best Teen books of 2012 Kirkus Reviews
– **Starred review** Kirkus Reviews
– Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee
– 2013 Texas Tayshas Reading List pick
– Translated into Korean, Polish, German, Complex Chinese (Taiwan), Simplified Chinese (Mainland China), Vietnamese, Portuguese (Brazil), Dutch, Hungarian, Spanish, Turkish, and published in the UK by Headline