by Scott Brown

Will Daughtry is a late bloomer--at least, that's what everyone tells him. On his sixteenth birthday, Will is just shy of five feet, and he is bitterly resigned to being tiny forever. His only comforts are his best friend and stepbrother, Drew (6'3"), and their pal Monica (5'10"), the girl Will's been quietly pining for since fifth grade. Everyone else literally overlooks him. But with them, he feels whole. That is, until things take an unexpected turn, and he realizes he's really and truly on his own.

That's when he starts to grow. And grow fast. Astonishingly fast. For the first time, Will's happy with his stature, and the world's at his feet (for a change). People see him differently; more important, he sees himself differently. But the highest heights come with some low, low lows, and his most precious relationships suffer excruciating growing pains. Will has to figure out what to do with himself--and all of this new "himself" he never expected to have.

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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XL by Scott Brown is a book about how change can seem like the only thing that matters.  Will Daughtry is turning sixteen and is just under five feet tall.  His best friend, Monica (5’10”), and stepbrother, Drew (6’3”), are his only comforts.  Then suddenly, things aren’t right anymore.  His friendships with Monica and Drew start to change, and Will begins to feel alone again.  On top of that, Will starts to grow, so fast it causes concerns in his family.  Will is growing so rapidly at such an important time of his life t

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