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Author: Diana Wieler
ISBN: 0888990839
Language: English
Pages: 191 pages
Category: Social Issues
Publisher: Groundwood Books; Reprint edition (February 28, 1997)
Rating: 4.9
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Brandiosa becomes the bad boy of the Cyclone hockey team, and learns that his best friend is gay.

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An explosive novel by award-winning author Diana Wieler that looks honestly at teenage sexuality and the world of amateur hockey.

Hockey is the only game worth playing in the rough-and-tumble prairie town. An explosive novel by award-winning author Diana Wieler that looks honestly at teenage sexuality and the world of amateur hockey.

Diana Wieler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1961

Diana Wieler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1961  . Diana's most recent works include Last Chance Summer (Western Producer, Parie Books), a winner of the Ebel Memorial Reward; Bad Boy is the winner of the Governor General's Literary Reward for Children's Literature in 1989 and the Ruth Schwartz Foundation Reward for Excellence, the Canadian Library Association for Young Adult Book of the Year in 1990 and also.

Bad Boy. Diana Wieler. Seventh paperback printing 2005. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system. or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior. written permission of the publisher or a licence from.

by. Diane Patrick-Wexler. Diana Wieler's novel won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature in 1989. Published by Groundwood Books. CBC Books · CBC · Posted: Feb 23, 2017 3:22 PM ET Last Updated: March 6, 2017. But shortly after they both make the local Triple-A hockey team - a dream moment for . s world is turned upside down.

Brandiosa becomes the bad boy of the Cyclone hockey team, and learns that his best friend is gay, as he tries to cope with his own sexuality during his senior year in high school.

Hockey is the only game worth playing in the rough-and-tumble prairie town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

A.J. Brandiosa becomes the bad boy of the Cyclone hockey team, and learns that his best friend is gay, as he tries to cope with his own sexuality during his senior year in high school.
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Gio
I saw this award-winning Canadian novel mentioned by a college student who had found it invaluable for his coming out in high school, and I can understand why.

A.J. is a 16 year old hockey player in Moose Jaw, Saskatchuwan, on the sparsely-populated Canadian prairie, who is desperately trying to put his baby fat behind him. To that end he bought a second-hand weight set which sits in the basement of his best friend's home. Tully, named Tulsa after the Oklahoma city where his formerly hippy parents probably conceived him, is a golden-haired, air-guitar playing social wizard, beloved by all. A.J. likes spending time at Tully's home because he has a family, including a sister, Summer, who mesmerizes him, whereas A.J. only has his father whose work schedule does not allow much interaction.

Both A.J. and Tully try out for the local Triple-A hockey team and, in a surprise to them both, they make it, though A.J., who tends to watch the puck rather than the game, knows he is marginal in the coach's eyes. Much as A.J. reveres Tully he knows that Tully has a dark side that may include hashish use. But Tully has a classic bright red Ford Mustang with a leather interior and a V-8 engine, and there is no place that A.J. feels more at ease than in the passenger seat with his best friend driving, headlights cutting through the vastness of the prairie. A.J. rarely talks, but Tully always listens, and as they cruise together to school and to hockey practice Tully and his car are A.J.'s refuge.

But Tully has a secret that involves a mean-spirited member of the same team, Derek, who attends a different high school. When A.J., at Summer's request, tries to track Tully down one night by bicycle, he spots the red Mustang near a bar which, A.J. discovers, has same-sex clientele. In his rush to leave he crashes into Tully who has Derek's arm draped over his shoulder. This event occurs in mid-book. The rest of the book deals with A.J.'s reaction to what he sees as a violation of his trust by Summer's brother and his former best friend.

The book has aged well over twenty years. There is nothing to date it except for the mention of $1 bills, since Canada moved to $1 coins years ago. It is such an excellent book that it should be on the required reading list in high schools. Diana Wieler creates narrative and events and situations that transcend most YA novels. It is truly one of the best.
Taulkree
A.J. Brandiosa and his best friend Tully have finally made it! They're on the Moose Jaw Saskathewan AAA hockey team The Cyclones. All that working out has finally gotten rid of A.J.'s pesky baby fat and he's starting to like the way that he looks and the way that he can accomplish things on the ice that have always eluded him. Tully has always been the popular showboat both on and off the rink. But when A.J. gets a bit too physical in an early game and gets labelled as a "Bad Boy" and the team's enforcer it's A.J.'s name that gets in the paper and A.J kinda likes the attention. But then A.J. discovers that his best friend is gay. Worried about his own reputation and even more worried by his feelings about Tully that he now sees in a different light, A.J. must re-evaluate everything in his life and how's he gonna do that when it was always Tully that he could confide in?

Born and raised in rural Michigan, when I first heard about this book I was intrigued. What's not to like about an award winning coming out story that features masculine rural guys and hockey players no less? Then I read some of the negative reviews...

One 2012 review called this 1989 Governor General Award winner incredibly dated. After reading the book myself I believe that that's a bit unfair. Growing up in a remote rural area is a bit like growing up in the past and I'm pretty certain that much of the way that Moose Jaw is painted in this book is just as true today as when the book was first published.

Another reviewer objected to Tully's telling A.J. that A.J. wasn't gay and because Tully was a gay guy, A.J. took his word for it. Fact is, I believe that A.J. really wasn't gay, though he might have been willing to try it for Tully. A.J. was attracted to women throughout the book. Yes, he had some erotic thoughts about Tully as well but they mostly unsettling for him. And the guy's had a dynamic where Tully did tell A.J. how to think about things. This was really just an extension of their instigator-follower type of relationship.

On the whole this was really a well thought out story of two guys redefining their relationship in the aftermath of one of them coming out. For me it read as realistic and insightful and still as relevant as when it was published over 20 years ago. I'd recommend it.
Celace
Bad Boy is a great book for kids or teens to read because it deals with things that the youth would relate to. Two best friends A.J. and Tully both made the Tripple A Cyclone hockey team, that they have wanted to be on for years. They have both grown up pretty violent and rough. Everything was starting to come together when A.J. found out that someone he nows is gay. This is a very modern book. If you like hokey and like to read very realistic books, I know this will be one of your favorits.
Nikohn
this book was good but it had a few down sides to but when he found out that his best friend was gayhe was really down in the dumps. but he was happy that he made the team that really wanted to play for. the book was over all good. this book also coght my eye because i am some what a bad boy some times.
Granijurus
Didn't feel any compassion for the characters. Its sad. The content and subject matter could have been moving, but the characters were very predictable and very flat.
Flarik
One of the most unique perspectives on a gay character I've ever come across in YA. This book includes such little seen topics as: a past tense drug problem, anger management issues, and what to do when your boyfriend's a bit abusive but you kind of like it. It also includes a smart, assertive female protagonist, and basically treats every one of its characters with unflinching respect.