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  • Little, Brown Young Readers US
  • Disney-Hyperion

Neanderthal Opens The Door To The Universe

Preston Norton

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Interest age: from c 14 years

In the vein of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING and IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, this moving, laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA puts a new spin on the high school outsider narrative and introduces an unforgettable cast of characters that will win the hearts of both teen and adult readers. Now in paperback.

Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he's so enormous-6'6" and 250 pounds to be exact. He has nobody at school, and life in his trailer-park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother's suicide.

There's no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: while he was unconscious he saw God, who gave him a list of things to do to make Happy Valley High suck less. And God said there's only one person who can help: Neanderthal.

To his own surprise, Cliff says he's in. As he and Aaron make their way through the List, which involves a vindictive English teacher, a mysterious computer hacker, a decidedly unchristian cult of Jesus Teens, the local drug dealers, and the meanest bully at HVHS, Cliff feels like he's part of something for the first time since losing his brother. But fixing a broken school isn't as simple as it seems, and just when Cliff thinks they've completed the List, he realizes their mission hits closer to home than he ever imagined.

Razor sharp, moving, and outrageously funny, NEANDERTHAL OPEN THE DOOR TO THE UNIVERSE is an unforgettable story of finding your place in an imperfect world.

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