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Noggin

by John C. Whaley

Noggin
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2014, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2015, 368 pages

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Based on an interesting premise, this YA novel shows that the best way to let go of the past is by making the most of the present.

Travis Coates died. It was awful. He had leukemia, fought a valiant, but unwinnable battle, and died at age 16. Sort of. Because during his last days alive he decided to participate in a crazy, new experiment. He had his head surgically removed and cryogenically preserved in the hopes that medical technology would be able to attach his head successfully to a new body. Travis Coates gambled on the ultimate wish: to have a second life.

Noggin, Michael L. Printz winner John Corey Whaley's second novel, grants Travis his wish. It is five years later and Travis wakes up. He is alive. He is the second person to have successfully had his head attached to a new body. He's got Jeremy Pratt's body, though – way more cut and buff than his ever was, even when he was healthy – and that's weird. But truthfully, this fancy new body is the least of Travis's problems. For Travis, it's like ...

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