Whaley, John Corey.
you were dying, would you have your head chopped off and
frozen until a cure is found? What about your family and
friends? Would it be too weird to wake up with everyone
you knew older by five years or more? This is what
happens to Travis. He is 16, has leukemia and decides to
have his head frozen. When science had found a cure,
they woke him up. His head was sewn onto a donated body
(some strange guy that Travis doesn’t even know) so that
Travis could continue his life, but his girlfriend was
in love with someone else. Life has gone on for his
friends who are now 21 while Travis is still 16. (Booktalk by Pennsylvania
Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
is truly one of a kind. Well, he’s actually one of two
kinds. Five years ago 16 year old Travis was dying of a
cancer that had ravaged his entire body. Dr Saranson
from the Sarason Center for Life Preservation approached
Travis about saving his life. Dr Sarason wanted to use
cryogenics to save Travis and bring him back to life in
the future. Travis and his parents were initially
skeptical about freezing only Travis’s head, but they
were out of options. So Travis is now one boy made from
two – his head and another boy’s body. Although Travis
was only gone for five years, life has gone without him.
His friends are older, his girlfriend is with someone
else, and no one is really sure how to treat him. Read
Noggin to hear about how Travis has to learn how to
adjust to his new body and new life. John Corey Whaley’s
novel is filled with a lot of humor, a little bit of
science, and issues all teens can relate to. (Prepared
by: Susan Aplin, Dutch Fork High School,
Young Adult Book Award, 2016)
Imagine waking up in an operating room after being comatose for 5 years. Then realizing that your head is on a totally different body! And not just any body (excuse the pun), but an athletic build with muscles and fitness you could only dream about. Well, this is what happens to Travis in this amazing medical rom-com/ psychological thriller.
It was five years ago that Travis,
whose body from the neck down, had been defeated by
cancer, and he signed up for a medical experiment. No
one, including his family and serious girlfriend, knew
for sure if the experiment would work so everyone said
their gut wrenching goodbyes. And now here Travis is,
awake, in a new and improved body wondering what his
next move should be. All his former high school
friends have moved on and are out of college, and on
top of that his former girlfriend is engaged. Can he
get her back? He will certainly try, and at a girls
night karaoke nonetheless (and he sings the song Head
Over Heels which is my favorite part).
|SUBJECTS: Death -- Fiction.
Family life -- Missouri -- Kansas City -- Fiction.
Identity -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc. -- Fiction.