Buddha Boy

Buddha Boy

by Kathe Koja

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The kids at school call Jinsen “Buddha Boy”—he wears oversize tie-dyed dragon T- shirts, shaves his head, and always seems to be smiling. He’s clearly a freak. Then Justin is paired with him for a class project. As he gets to know Jinsen and his incredible artistic talent, Justin questions his own beliefs. But being friends with Buddha Boy isn’t simple, especially when Justin realizes that he’s going to have to take sides. What matters more: the high school social order or getting to know someone extraordinary?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142402092
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/18/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 194,954
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Kathe Koja is the author of a number of acclaimed novels for adults, as well as a growing list of books for teenagers, among them Buddha Boy, Blue Mirror, and the multiple award-winning straydog. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.

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Buddha Boy (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
craigwsmithtoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael has become known as Buddha Boy around school, because of his strange actions and clothing. Kids pick on him because he is different. Justin is a pretty normal kid who doesn't want any trouble, but he finds himself paired up with the Buddha Boy; at first because he is forced to work with him, but later, because he gets to know Michael better and wants to understand, defend, or just stand with him.
bohemiangirl35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jinsen is the new kid at school, and he's strange. He wears huge t-shirts, shaves his head, and doesn't fight back when he's bullied. Not only that, he doesn't cry or run, either. He smiles to himself and continues with his day.Justin is curious, but likes his high school social status of being in the middle and doesn't want to risk being the target of the bullies or shunned by his current friends in order to reach out to Jinsen. However, when he is paired with Jinsen for a school project, he doesn't have a choice other than to spend some time with the new kid. They develop a friendship, which Justin tries to hide from his peers at first.This is a very short book, only 4 hours on a playaway, so it doesn't delve too deeply into the issue of bullying. But it does give a different perspective because the "victim" refuses to be a victim, but is also not an activist. He accepts the behaviors of others towards him without taking it on as his own identity. It's pretty unbelievable that a teenage boy with a violent history would begin to live a Buddhist life immediately after the death of his parents and moving to a new place to live with an elderly aunt. However, the story works. If it had gone on longer, it probably would not have.
bsafarik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A realistic look at the social scene of life in high school, Buddha Boy gives us perspective on what it feels like to watch a "freak" in school being bullied by a group of popular boys and yet never to complain or fight back.
lalalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
fabulous for just over 100 pages. there was a really neat twist to it, too. So far Kathe Koja is one of my fave YA authors.
cpotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I understand the premises the authors has presented. I personally resented the representation of Christians as hypocritical. That the only true spiritual person was Edward. (Language problems)
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very quick and easy read and really kept the interest going. There was a clear message and I think kids would enjoy the book quite a bit.
heidialice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jinsen, a Buddhist, sophomore and artist, transfers to Rucher, the stereotypical rich preppy high school. Justin befriends him, almost against his will, and has to decide how to respond to bullies when Jinsen won¿t fight back.I liked this book, and would recommend it. As someone with a pretty decent background in Buddhism, I think the author did a good job of getting the basic points across but without being too preachy. It was annoying and distracting when the narrator inserted flippant comments, like ¿Karma, it was all karma. Just don¿t ask me what that means.¿
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
terrible book
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Princess2015 More than 1 year ago
I read the book in school as a class reading project. The book was alright, but not the best book I have ever read. I would probably not recomend it to a friend. Though that is only my oppion.
Lawral More than 1 year ago
Buddha Boy has that feeling of hurtling towards disaster running along in the background of the whole thing. In the forefront, however, there is a great story about Jinsen and Justin. Jinsen seems not to care what anyone thinks of or does to him. Good thing, too, since he dresses, looks and acts odd, none of which gets him a bunch of friends. He practically invites kids to bully him when he starts to beg for lunch money in the cafeteria. Most of the kids do just that, either actively by throwing pennies or worse or passively by ignoring Jinsen altogether. Justin, instead, asks him why he's different. The two boys have more in common than Justin had originally thought; they are both artists. Koja's use of language, especially when describing the boys' artwork, is beautiful. You can really see the works of art that Justin and Jinsen are creating as you're reading. Stemming from that, the rest of the book is simply lyrical. The story, even though it is set in a contemporary high school and deals with some pointedly cruel bullying, has the far away feel of a fairytale. Justin tells this story and it somehow manages to feel like it's happening in the present tense and like it's already happened at the same time. Regardless of the subject matter, it's beautiful. When you add Jinsen's attitude and actions, and the way he affects and changes Justin, the whole thing is really breathtaking. I only had one complaint, and it's not exactly a deal-breaker. During the course of Justin and Jinsen's growing friendship, Jinsen explains a few things about Buddhism, but mostly smiles and lets Justin figure things out for himself. Jinsen lives by example. This is great and fits well with his reaction to the bullying in the story, but I did wish every once in a while that Jinsen would give a straight answer to Justin's questions. There doesn't seem to be a lot of young adult fiction dealing with Buddhism, so it would have been nice for this one to be a bit more informative. I loved Koja's writing. I probably would have loved it even if the story hadn't been great, it was that good. Luckily, the story lived up to the writing and both worked together to create a magnificent finished product. Book source: Philly Free Library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Maybe the other reviewers were too young to understand this book, so they did not like it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone mature enough to understand the basic message behind this classic story. This book reminds me of "Star Girl"
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was ok but i dont reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first looked at the book, the cover looked very interesting. It had many colors and such and that drawn my attention to the book. I had to pick it out for my English homework. At first the book got me very bored, I wasn¿t very interested in reading so I waited until the last day the book was due and I was forced to read it. It was a very boring experience at first, but as I read on I started to get really into it, it became very interesting as the story was unraveling into many strange things on how Buddha Boy came to the high school. I would grade this book a B, a straight B. I grade this a B because at first I thought it would be a short boring read. But in the end it got very exciting and some parts even kept me wanting more. The ending of the book was all right. It fit the book semi-perfectly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I got this book I wasn't too exited about reading a book called Buddha Boy. When I finally started to read it I found out that it wasn't so bad.