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Because you'll never meet me /

by Thomas, Leah [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.Description: 344 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781619635906 (hbk.); 1619635909 (hbk.).Title notes: YASubject(s): Best friends -- Juvenile fiction | Pen pals -- Juvenile fiction | Epilepsy in adolescence -- Juvenile fiction | Blind children -- Juvenile fiction | Heart -- Hypertrophy -- Patients -- Juvenile fiction | Echolocation (Physiology) -- Juvenile fiction | Teenagers with disabilities -- Juvenile fiction | Loneliness in adolescence -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship in adolescence -- Juvenile fiction | Bullying -- Juvenile fiction | Single-parent families -- Juvenile fiction | Michigan -- Juvenile fiction | Germany -- Juvenile fiction | Letters -- Fiction | Epilepsy -- Fiction | Blind -- Fiction | People with disabilities -- Fiction | Loneliness -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Bullying -- Fiction | Single-parent families -- Fiction | Young adult fiction | Epistolary fictionSummary: Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz's weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times -- as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, about two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
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Oliver Ollie Paulot sees electricity in full color-saffron loops swirling around power lines, silver confetti bursting from outlets, green plumes trailing from computer keyboards-a beautiful but deadly condition that triggers crippling grand mal seizures. Ollie lives in a remote cabin with his overprotective mom, visited only by the eccentric Doctor Auburn-Stache, the family physician, and Liz, the only friend Ollie has ever made.<br> Moritz was born without eyes and sees via an acute form of echolocation, like a bat. Enrolled in a school for problem students, he is shunned by his misfit peers and tormented by a bully named Lenz. Moritz also has cardiomyopathy, and is kept alive by an electric pacemaker. Ollie and Moritz can never meet-if they did, Ollie would seize, but turning off the pacemaker would kill Moritz.<br> As the boys develop a fierce bond through their letters, the world changes around them. Liz moves on to high school, leaving Ollie behind, and Moritz can't escape Lenz's wrath. Their letters to each other become a lifeline during dark times-until Moritz reveals that he holds the key to their shared, sinister past, and has been keeping it from Ollie all along.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz's weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times -- as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, about two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

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A doctor sets up a pen-pal correspondence between Ollie and Moritz, two boys with severe medical conditions that make them, in Ollies words, fellow hermits. But if that brings them together as allies, it will keep them apart in real life -- Ollie, an American, is allergic to electricity and has spent his life in a cabin in the woods (even being near a power line can induce a seizure). Moritz, in Germany, was born without eyes and has a pacemaker. In exuberant (Ollie) and heart-wrenching (Moritz) letters, the boys tell each other about the parts of life the other misses out on. Burbling beneath the surface of this realistic fiction novel about the complexities of friendship and alienation, though, is something more speculative. Ollies epilepsy verges on the supernatural -- he doesnt just react badly to electricity; superhero-like, he repels it, due to an electromagnetic power in his own body. And Moritz compensates for his blindness with echolocation. As each boy nears the height of desperation with the limitations of his respective condition, they also discover that their abilities may be manmade and that their connection with each other began earlier than their correspondence. Readers can take or leave the science-fiction elements; its the distinct, deeply memorable voices of Ollie and Moritz that make this novel an affecting page-turner. sarah hannah gmez (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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