More Than Friends: A Novel
Linda Wallace-Kurtz, author
A story of challenge and change... Eighth graders Larry and Michael have been best friends since kindergarten. Larry has worn leg braces since age two but now an operation might forever change his life. Tyler is a natural athlete, handsome, intelligent, and filled with an over-sized ego. He has no time for kids like Larry. But when his older brother Tom comes home for Christmas break and is wounded while bravely defending a stranger, an operation might be Tom's only hope as well. After their surgeries, Tom and Larry meet through physical therapy. The two patients strike an unusual friendship. The teens' changing situations open new doors for them. Together, they see sides of themselves that challenge their character and perspectives. Tyler begins to see that courage, endurance, and dreams make Larry more similar to him than he could have imagined.