King of the Pygmies

Jonathon Scott Fuqua

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King of the Pygmies

King of the Pygmies When a teenage boy begins to hear voices his uncle offers him an alternative explanation in this poignant provocative novel from award winning author Jonathon Scott Fuqua Havre de Grace Maryland is

  • Title: King of the Pygmies
  • Author: Jonathon Scott Fuqua
  • ISBN: 9780763614188
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a teenage boy begins to hear voices, his uncle offers him an alternative explanation in this poignant, provocative novel from award winning author Jonathon Scott Fuqua.Havre de Grace, Maryland isn t the kind of place where miracles happen That s why when fifteen year old Penn starts to hear voices, he is terrified These aren t just any voices, though they are theWhen a teenage boy begins to hear voices, his uncle offers him an alternative explanation in this poignant, provocative novel from award winning author Jonathon Scott Fuqua.Havre de Grace, Maryland isn t the kind of place where miracles happen That s why when fifteen year old Penn starts to hear voices, he is terrified These aren t just any voices, though they are the thoughts of people close to him He can hear his parents unspoken gripes with each other He can hear his retarded brother s silent anxieties He can hear his neighbor s descent into quiet desperation And he can hear his girlfriend s tentative feelings of tenderness His momma wants him to go to a therapist to get treated for schizophrenia, but his similarly gifted Uncle Hewitt, a former police chief turned town drunk, tells him the truth Penn s ability to hear other people s thoughts and take away their pain doesn t make him sick It makes him special From the acclaimed author of THE WILLOUGHBY SPIT WONDER, DARBY, and THE REAPPEARANCE OF SAM WEBBER comes a compelling story of a young man s struggle to come to terms with his disability a novel of courage, determination, and hope.

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    1. Christine on said:

      This was really good! First of all, I had no idea until about half way through the book if he was a mindreader, or just plain old schizo. I liked that sense of mystery, which I'm sure that Penn felt.And Matty? I think I'm in love with him. He's mildly retarded, and amazingly sweet. He's a great character to add to the book, because it's interesting to see people interact with him. He's much better than all the retarded people I know, like my uncle, etc, by which I mean he's not quite so bad off, [...]

    2. Carmen on said:

      Truthfully, I'm totally confused by this story. Especially after reading the author's notes at the end of it. At first I thought that perhaps (don't read if you don't want any spoilers) Penn really could hear people's thoughts-- that it was one of those kind of sci-fi fiction. But then I read the author's note about schizophrenia, and you realize that Penn's character really does have that sickness, and you get confused as to how he could hear those voices. Sure, they're "voices in his head", bu [...]

    3. Angie on said:

      It was nice to read a book from a boys POV. It has been awhile since I picked up a book where a man was telling the story or in this case a teenage boy. I really enjoyed listening to Penn tell his tale. I'd like to dissect so many details in this book however since I have a few friends that have King of the Pygmies on their to read list I won't. This is one of those books that besides the story summary anything else you say will give it away. So for now I'll tell you that this is a story of hope [...]

    4. Flossie on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was extremely enjoyable. It was a different sort of book than what I was expecting. The story line took me by surprise. I also was very thankful for the author's note featured at the end.

    5. Mary on said:

      This book was a unique take on schizophrenia with just a touch of Robert Cormier's Fade injected in it. The characters were likeable and the read was super fast. I am still a little unsure on the ending because there was a ton of build up but still leaves you wondering. Overall, goodt great.

    6. Melissa Dwyer on said:

      Originally rated G- by Terri SquegliaThis story is a look at an adolescent boy who is experiences the onset of schizophrenia. It takes places in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay where fifteen teen year old Penrod a.k.a. Penn lives his father, his mental health worker mother, and mildly retarded older brother. Life seems great for Penn, for he has a loving family, a job delivering the local newspaper, and a relationship with a girl from school. Everything appears to be going along just fine, un [...]

    7. Jon on said:

      I love Penn's voice in this book. "Every time I imagined smooching with a girl, I nearly detonated from strain, like a car that can't climb out of first gear." I love how hard Penn tries to win Daisy and the crazy things he says to impress her. "My favorite thing about the Philippines is that they've got rubber trees. Can you imagine how cool those are?" I love how he shows her around town, pointing out places where minor events a teenage boy would be interested in took place. I also love how, a [...]

    8. Melonie Kydd on said:

      I happened along this book at the nursing home where my private client resides and I instantly drawn to. I started reading it to her and when I was by myself. She seemed to enjoy it and I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was so moving and so reality based. I think it opens a much needed door on issues of mental health and stigmas, too many people don't report mental health issues due to the fear of "being judged".I was entranced with this book and could not put down, there were several nights I was u [...]

    9. Krista on said:

      I'm always hungry for fictional works about mental illness. But this just wasn't what I was looking for.King of the Pygmies, by Jonathon Scott Fuqua, is about 15-year-old Penn discovering, and coming to terms with, his schizophrenia. The plot itself was just dull. None of the characters or moments stuck out to me. I found myself skimming through, due to boredom, and looking forward to the end. Basically, a boy starts hearing voices and he thinks that he magically became a mind-reader meanwhile e [...]

    10. Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast) on said:

      Pretty bad book. The characters were boring and unrealistic. The protagonist was bland and dumb as a rock, the plot- if you can even call it that- didn't go anywhere, and the whole point was only revealed to me through the author's notes at the end. If this book is trying to promote awareness about schizophrenia, it failed. If the author was trying to create a multi-layered book about a teen suffering from a mental illness, he failed utterly. Perhaps he should take a few notes from Ned Vizzini's [...]

    11. Kathy on said:

      Penn lives a normal life in a gritty town on Chesapeake Bay, when all of a sudden he starts hearing other people's thoughts. Is he going crazy, or is he really gifted in an unusual way? All he really wants is to spend time with this really interesting girl from school and not deal with it. This totally didn't go the way I thought it would. I thought it was going to be a fantasy story, but really it was an exploration of Penn developing a light case of schizophrenia, with the fantastical/magical [...]

    12. Kirstey on said:

      I can't even finish it. It sucks. It makes no sense. It's so confusing. The dialog is crap. I hate it. I don't like the way he interacts with people, he plays himself off as an idiot. The way he tries to win Daisy over makes me want to tear my hair out. The way Fuqua portrays schizophrenia is down right insulting. This is not what those people experience. I know many schizophrenics and I have studied the illness.

    13. Makenzie on said:

      I thought this was going to be the tale of a boy who possessed the ability to read others' minds, but sadly little mind-reading occurred. The majority of this book was spent with Penn trying to convince his parents that he was not mentally ill. It wasn't badly written but it was terribly misleading. He only read others' minds maybe four or five times throughout the course of the 242 pages.

    14. Travis on said:

      This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole entire time. I really enjoyed the storyline, and the setting was also perfect! I recommend this book for ALL ages. When you are going through something bad in your life, use your IMAGINation. Jonathon Scott Fuqua is one of my favorite writers by far.

    15. Kay on said:

      Another one that I read so that I could recommend it to my chickadees. Interesting read; focused on a young man who hears what "others are thinking" Can't spell schiophrenia. . . but the young man's family has a history of it; his paternal uncle admits to having used it to his advantage for years in his law enforcement career. Interesting resolution.

    16. Kelly Martinez on said:

      If I do not pick up a book for more than 5 days when I'm in the middle of it I'm totally bored with it. I couldn't finish this. Either I didn't have my heart set to in the first place, or I never really read the back cover but picked up in a dollar resale shop bin. I'm thinking a combination of the two.

    17. Matthew Farris on said:

      What a crap book. We're lead to believe that the main character is a mind reader and then when the plot (as it is) runs it's course, it's decided (not revealed or evidenced; we're just told) that he's actually mildly schizophrenic. Not only was the book not entertaining, it was a soft pedal of a serious issue that better books have come from.

    18. Elise on said:

      I didn't really like this book. The writing was seemingly monotone and completely blatant, and the story line itself was lacking. The characters weren't really doing it for me either. I wouldn't recommend it.

    19. Janeczka on said:

      I liked this book because it was an easy read. The plot didn't really go anywhere, though. But it was a good story, especially because I could relate to it.

    20. Derrick on said:

      Disappointing. Not a bad book but I was misinformed and wasn't aware of it being pretty.juvenile.

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