Jack Tumor: Book summary and reviews of Jack Tumor by Anthony McGowan

Jack Tumor

by Anthony McGowan

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Hector is being hectored by an unlikely bully: a talking brain tumor. And it's not just a talking brain tumor. It's a know-it-all, pain-in-the-arse, jibber-jabbering brain tumor that names itself Jack, and insists on coaching Hector through life even as it's threatening to take his life away. It's a pretty good coach, actually. With Jack in control of Hector’s speech and brain chemicals, Hector suddenly finds himself with a cool haircut, a new fashion sense, and tactics for snogging previously unattainable hottie Uma Upshaw. But when Jack begins to force increasingly questionable decisions and behavior, Hector has to find a way to turn the tables – before it's too late for both of them.

Delightfully twisted, desperately funny, and deeply moving, this novel is also the winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize in the United Kingdom.

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"Hector's musings seem pretty mature for his age. As Hector grapples with love, friendship and death, a broad range of readers should find the trip worth it. Ages 12-up." - Publishers Weekly

"A British import, the narrative contains many references that American teens might not understand, but who cares with a concept like this? Lots of laughs but little else." - Kirkus Reviews

"Too bad the message, Hector's insightful humor, and his love-hate relationship with Jack are buried in so much vulgarity." - School Library Journal

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Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan has written books for children, teens, and adults. His previous young adult novel, Hellbent, was declared "a brilliantly nauseating thriller" by the London Times. He lives in North London.

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