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Sprout by Dale Peck
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Daniel, better known as Sprout, has moved with his father from Long Island to Kansas after the death of his mother. Sprout's father has not taken the death well, and refuses to get a job and has taken to drink, collecting stumps and allowing vines to cover the trailer that they live in. Sprout started dying his hair green and constantly gets green dye on his clothing, and his schoolwork. Sprout is a good writer, and the English teacher wants him to enter into a state wide essay contest, and while Sprout practices his writing he takes up with school sports star Ian in a clandestine affair. His head is eventually turned by Ty, a lost soul with an abusive father who reaches out to Sprout like a life raft. But is this clinging love, or is Ty looking for something that Sprout cannot give him? Full of emotion and connection, dysfunction and longing, this novel is about growing up and finding out who you are.
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