Background Noise: A Novel About Twice-Exceptionality
Susan Larsen Krause, author
Jeremy knows he isn't like other 12-year-old boys, but he doesn't know why. Even his parents don't understand him. Failing at making friends. Failing at school. Failing at anything normal twelve-year-old boys do. His biggest failure of all? Jeremy accidentally starts a fire that destroys his house. His dad is so disappointed in Jeremy that he leaves. For good. Once, the only place he felt at peace is on the rooftop of his home where the world makes sense and calms the noise in his jumbled brain. Now, even that's gone. Being different from other kids is one thing. But learning differently is another. After his latest crash and burn, Jeremy is off to another new school, dragging along the same old problems. He doesn't listen, doesn't pay attention, doesn't care. At least, that's what everyone says. Every new thing in Jeremy's life just makes him feel worse. A new home that's nothing like the other one. A new school that means all new opportunities to mess things up. But this school is different. The classes, the teachers, even the kids are different. It isn't long before Jeremy has friends who don't think he's weird. Friends who are different, just like he is. Except for one: Bree, the smartest girl he's ever met and the meanest. She's also the best Parkour athlete in the school until Jeremy comes along and discovers he just might have finally found the one thing he is really, really good at. Just as Jeremy begins to learn that Parkour may be a new way to manage his life, Bree sets in motion a plan that's sure to knock him down for good. Thanks to Bree, Jeremy is right back where he started. A failure. Or is he?