I loved the cover of John Corey Whaley’s Noggin from the first time I saw it. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but it’s like someone took the body of one action figure, removed its head and replaced it with the head from an entirely different action figure. I totally did not do stuff like that what I was kid. Nor did any of my friends.
But, it’s the perfect picture for this story. Travis Ray Coates is sixteen and he’s dying. That’s when someone offers to cryogenically preserve his head until science catches up and makes a full-body transplant possible. Turns out, that’ll be five years later. So, for all of the world, five years have passed. For Travis, he went to sleep and then he woke up. It was only like a nap to him. He’s still 16, but the rest of the world has aged five years. So not only does Travis need to adjust to a new, healthy, and totally fit body, he’s got to navigate a whole new life.
I also have this available on CD if you’d prefer the audio book!