Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature
"Kaufman takes a well-tread YA premise and breathes heart and grit into it. Packed with depth, joy, and hope, Kaufman's book is ultimately a story of how to be a friend—a topic that is always prescient for young adults." — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"Kaufman believably portrays uncertainties surrounding sex and sexuality. . . . [A] testament to letting freak flags fly."—Kirkus Reviews
"Kaufman brings a fresh voice to the contemporary realistic fiction genre. . . . This will appeal to those who enjoy Carrie Mesrobian's books."—School Library Journal
Ben Wireman is partially deaf and completely insecure. The only two things that make him feel normal are being a soccer goalie and hanging out with his best friend, Tyler Nuson. Tyler is the golden boy, worshiped by girls and guys alike, and he no longer seems interested in Ben. Without Tyler, Ben isn't sure who he is anymore, or if Tyler is really as normal as Ben thought he was. Maybe hanging out with freaks like Ilona Pierce, who has tattoos, blue hair, and almost no friends, is what he needs. This captivating novel explores the shifting dynamics of friendships and complex art of growing up.