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Harrar, George.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN 0618263659
Devon Brown has “tendencies.” Devon sorts things into groups of four, organizes his closet by color, and avoids touching door handles.  Because of his rituals and behaviors, Devon’s parents move to a new town and enroll him in a new school in the middle of his sophomore year so he can get a fresh start.  Devon meets a befriends a girl named Tanya who doesn't like to eat in the cafeteria either, and he reluctantly hangs out with a boy named Ben from his art class who likes to cause trouble.  Every week Devon has to see Dr. Wasserman and answer pointless questions about his childhood and about his compulsions.  At least his old therapist let him play games to pass the time.  One day after school Devon decides to go back to the biology classroom and straighten the poster and chairs that are really bothering him.  While at school, Devon witnesses someone “tag” the school and decides not to tell anyone.  Soon afterwards the police have a witness who saw Devon go into the school right before the tagging.  When Devon won't tell the headmaster who tagged the school, even his mom and dad think he did, and they accept the recommendation that Devon be expelled from school.  Can Devon find a way to tell who really did?  (Shawn Crosby,,  Des Moines Library, King County Library System)
SUBJECTS:     Obsessive-compulsive disorder -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Grandfathers -- Fiction.
                        Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Vandalism -- Fiction.


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