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Saint Iggy / K.L. Going.

By: Going, K. L. (Kelly L.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 260 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0152057951 (hdbk : alk. paper) :; 9780152057954 (hdbk : alk. paper).Subject(s): Conduct of life -- Fiction | Drug abuse -- Fiction | Family problems -- Fiction | Poor -- FictionDDC classification: [Fic] Summary: Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.
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I am not so bad a person once you get to know me.

When Iggy Corso gets kicked out of high school, there's no one for him to tell. His mother has gone off, his father is stoned on the couch, and the phone's been disconnected, so even the social worker can't get through. Leaving his public housing behind, Iggy ventures into the world to make something of his life. It's not easy when you're sixteen, have no skills, and your only friend is mixed up with the dealer who got your mom hooked. But Iggy is . . . Iggy, and he has the kind of wisdom that lets him see what no one else can.

K. L. Going's third novel is a haunting achievement about a young man's tragic search for meaning in a world that to him makes no sense.

Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.

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1. So I got kicked out So I got kicked out of school today, which is not so great but also not entirely unexpected, and I went back to Public Housing where I live to tell my parents all about it but my mom went visiting someone or other and probably isn't coming back and my dad is stoned off his ass on the couch like he always is, so somehow I'm not getting the vibe that he'd really, you know, care, so I think, Here's what I'm going to do: First Ive got to make a plan. And this is part of the plan making a plan so really I'm doing good already. If my dad was awake part of the plan would be telling him about the trouble at school so he would know it was not entirely my fault. This is how it happened: Me (coming in late to Spanish class because I followed a hot new girl): Can I sit here? Mrs. Brando (confused): I think you have the wrong classroom. Me (correctly): No, I'm in this class. Mrs. Brando (really patronizing): Son, it is December and I have not seen you in this class even once before, so I don't know what classroom you are looking for. Are you new here, too? Me (being real patient): Nooo, I am in this class and if you'd just check your list from the beginning of the year you'd see that. (under my breath really freaking quietly) Bitch. Mrs. Brando (flipping out): Are you threatening me? Do you have a weapon? Are you on drugs? Someone get the principal. Call security. Help! Help! Help! Then all the other teachers come in because they think Im going to pull a Columbine, and everyone's asking what happened only no ones asking me and in Mrs. Brandos version of it, I moved like I was going to hit her or maybe pull something out of my jacket, and even though hitting someone and pulling something out of your jacket require two totally different hand motions, the one being an up and out motion and the other being a down and in motion, no one comes to my defense and instead everyone in the classroom nods in agreement with Mrs. Brandos story and you would think they didn't know me all these years, the traitors. Then the security guy pushes my face into the concrete wall, and after that he drags me to the principals office and Principal Olmos talks to me for a long time. "Remember how you wanted to drop Spanish for metal shop?" he asks, tapping his desk. I don't remember. "Do you remember?" I look at the ceiling and the floor and the walls. "Did you think about your actions before you went into that classroom?" I thought about the hot new girl. Principal Olmos shakes his head. "Don't be silent now," he tells me. "The only time you cease talking is when you should be making an attempt to better yourself participating in class, for example, or explaining your actions, which frankly, are largely incomprehensible." I wonder why I am incomprehensible because everything I do makes perfect sense to me. "Umm," I start, "cause, see, I was just going in there to learn some Spanish because I changed my mind about things and I wasn't going to hit anyone Mrs. Excerpted from Saint Iggy by K. L. Going All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Kirkus Book Review

This charmer, set just before Christmas, will haunt readers long after experiencing the final pages. Iggy, a 16-year-old freshman, is about to get kicked out of high school permanently, pending a hearing. Iggy recognizes that he needs a legal guardian and legal representation to accompany him, but he will have neither. His parents are druggies and his meth-addicted mother has been missing for weeks. Iggy decides that he needs a plan to show the world what he's really made of. He finds Mo, his supposed mentor, a college dropout who's renounced all material goods. Short on funds, Mo decides to buy drugs on credit--from the same dealer who supplies Iggy's parents--and then takes Iggy to his wealthy mother's apartment to ask for money. Here, Iggy's plan gels and all readers are left to do is hang on for the incredible ride. Wild plot twists combined with Iggy's endearing narration will keep turning pages and readers cheering this strangely heroic anti-hero. (Fiction. YA) Copyright ┬ęKirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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