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The Wrong Hands

2.8  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Graham Sinclair was born with huge, strange hands. He was also born with a secret. The only time he's ever told someone his secret, it got him into big trouble. So he won't be telling anyone ever again. Then he gets the email: "Congratulations on a brave act. I know how brave it was because I saw what you did. Do you understand? You know how to contact me ...more
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Published August 28th 2006 by Listening Library (first published January 1st 2005)
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Lacey Louwagie
This was a strange little book, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. The fantastical elements, because they were never really explained, placed the book more in the realm of magical realism than fantasy, with me wondering all the while whether those elements were really supposed to be symbolic of something else. There was definitely an underlying theme about how the things we're most ashamed of are what can make us the most beautiful and unique, which is an important message for teens to h ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of us feel that there is a part of our body that everyone stares at or that is out of proportion to the rest of us. It may be our feet, our nose, our ears. In Graham's case it is his overly large hands. But added to that is his secret of what those hands can do. This is a story that keeps you reading but also keeps you yelling at the main characters to "Wise up!" "Pay attention!" "Listen!" But Graham (and his parents) don't wise up, pay attention or listen to each other (or talk to each othe ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Teens will relate to the feeling of everybody looking at you. The narrator is a 14-yr-old naive boy w/ large hands that have webbing. What is his strange secret that leaves everybody "gobsmacked"? He'd rather be labeled a pervert than tell, wouldn't he? His almost willful naivete about a beautiful woman who wants to use him and his secret irritated me though.
Sep 24, 2013 Linden rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

*****Spoiler Alert*****

Graham Sinclair is the flawed protagonist in Nigel Richardson's novel which is part magical realism, part fable. Graham's flaw comes from having extra-large, peculiarly shaped hands and how that seeming deformity has steered his life.

I really liked the book at the start while I was trying to understand Graham's problem. At that point the novel had elements which paralleled two books I really enjoyed. It was like Wonder in that his appearance set him apart as an object of
Sam Passamonte
Feb 04, 2016 Sam Passamonte rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Wardrip
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THE WRONG HANDS is a thought provoking novel written by Nigel Richardson. Mr. Richardson introduces the reader to fourteen-year-old Graham Sinclair. Like most people, Graham has a secret. His secret involves his hands.

Graham was born with large hands. It wasn't until he was seven that Graham realized how special his hands were. On a family vacation, as he accidentally starts to slide down the side of a cliff, he puts his hands out, and suddenly he's floati
Fatima Abdulkareem
This book is about a boy named Graham Sinclair who isn't any normal boy. He can fly with his fingers. In his hometown Graham is known as Spakky 'cause of his fingers and is always being judged. This takes place mostly in London where Graham's parents sent him to live with his uncle, to get away from home and the trouble he has caused with the police. Graham comes to London to find out that no one is starring at him or judging him and he starts to feel more comfortable with his hands. While in L ...more
Nov 04, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenfiction
Graham Sinclair was born with huge, strange hands. The small English village where he lives cannot deal with the sight of his enormous hands and he is teased relentlessly as a child. Like most people, Graham harbors a secret; but his is so great that it seems even when his mother and a friend find out, they are not able to deal with it.

As a teenager, Graham is sent away to live with his uncle in England. After a plane crash and a heroic rescue of a baby from the rubble, Graham receives both star
May 17, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty unique, good read.

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Gr. 8-11. Graham, 14, is taunted at school because of his huge, strange hands, but even when he is called a pervert and freak, his mom insists that the names are better than having the truth comes out. Then Graham becomes a hero by rescuing a baby from a burning London building. The question is, how did he do it? And why is gorgeous Jennifer, who witnessed the rescue, e-mailing him and calling him on his cell phone? The mix of contemporary technol
Oct 08, 2009 Bryce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A book with a promising premise and beginning that ultimately turns out to be very disappointing.

The book follows Graham Sinclair, an offbeat teenager with giant hands and a secret. Graham's sent to London for the summer, to avoid trouble in his small hometown. He stays with his uncle and plans on an uneventful visit until he performs a heroic rescue and a stranger discovers his dirty secret.

Most of my problem with the book comes in the form of missed plot opportunities. Seemingly major events
Apr 18, 2012 Chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much like realistic stories with bits of the fantastic thrown in. This is one of those stories.
Graham can't seem to stay out of trouble. His teenage choices are very irritating and stupid...which makes him a pretty realistic character. He redeems himself throughout the story though with bits of Graham Sinclair wisdom. The secret about His hands was unexpected, but sort of a let down.

Interesting read. Funny at times. yet fairly serious. It ended like a short story. Hanging with quite a f
Feb 03, 2009 Alisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird and funny. Sometimes I was frustrated with Graham because he was so dumb. I had to remind myself that he wasn't the star & narrator of this story because he is so bright and precocios, but because he has flippers for hands. He's 14 years old, and not an especially sophisticated fourteen, which is unusual for the YA genre.

The ending was a bit 'eh' - it was supposed to be liberating, but I'm not sure it was realistic. I'll be charitable and say that it was symbolic.

If you're thinking a
Mar 26, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book in the library of the public school in which I was then teaching, while waiting for help from the librarian. I got so enchanted by the first few pages that I checked it out.

This is a growing-up story about a teenage boy in modern-day England. It diverges from the mundane with one fantastical element. The combination of (mostly) realistic and (a little) fantastic gives the book a sort of liminal, eerie and slightly heightened mood and this is the backdrop for the story tha
Sep 04, 2014 Gianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book failed to meet its potential. It's British, it has a charming (if not a little pathetic) protagonist, it has magic, and it has a dark secret. These elements should add up to a good story. And it does start of interesting enough, but then nothing really happens. The protagonist spends a shocking amount of time wandering around. He is also confused quite a bit of the time, which was frustrating. There are a host of other problems, as well, but I just don't care enough to list them. Pick ...more
Heather Wade
I am not a huge fan of science fiction so when we were required to pick on from the science fiction section, I was not very happy. However, this book has totally changed my view! The author really keeps the reader in suspense as to what the secret might be that the main character is hiding. As the book unfolds, I thought I knew what the secret was, but I wasn't exactly sure.

This would be a great choice for reluctant science fiction readers and for anyone who just enjoys a good suspenseful story.
Jan 31, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I wanted it to be. First of all, the plot was terrible, such as there was a plot at all, really. Second, I had no sympathy for the protagonist whatsoever. He wasn't evil; I just didn't care about him. Also, the ending was unsatisfying.
The one good point of this novel was the use of figurative language. I had a writing teacher who taught me that you shouldn't use a simile unless it's a damn good one. I was really impressed with Richardson's use of similes; they were all effecti
Sep 04, 2011 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reader was excellent. Enjoyed listening to him. The story was one you want to shout at the main character for being so naive and not learning from his mistakes. I guess he was from a small town where people can be very trusting and naive.
Nov 07, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific YA book, weird and lovely. Some magical moments and also some heartbreaking ones. Mostly a story about a strange boy and how he copes with being "different". Also about how the world will treat you if you let your difference show.
Graham's hands let him do some crazy things. Yes, Graham comes off as a bit dense, but there's something to be said for this: extraordinary gifts are sometimes more extraordinary because of the ordinariness of those who possess them.

I recommend this on audio--great British narrator.
Scott Killen
A very good short story about a boy with a secret...
Apr 21, 2008 Beckett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adolescent literature book.
I listened to this on cd on my long trek to work. The man who reads it did a beautiful job. It's a unique book with depth and humor and beautiful word choice.
Oct 25, 2008 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked David Almond's Skellig, you might like this one.
Grahame Sinclair has a lot of wisdom to share...if only people would listen to him and quit staring at his hands...
Oct 18, 2012 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took too long--since I was listening to an audiobook version--to get to Graham's secret. The ending was a little odd. Everything else is interesting & likeable.
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