Eleven-year-old Josh Duncan has never had much luck making friends--not the real kind, anyway. Moving to a new town is supposed to be a chance to leave behind the problems that plagued Josh at his last school. Problems like Big Brother, Josh's favorite and best friend. Because, as Josh's parents tell him, he's too old to still have imaginary friends.
But even before the first day of school is over, Big Brother reappears--and he's not alone. Only this time one of Josh's imaginary friends seems to be interacting with another boy at school, Lucas Hernandez. Can Lucas see them, too?
Brought together by an unusual classroom experiment and a mysterious invitation to join something called the Gorilla Club, Josh and Lucas are about to discover how a unique way of seeing the world can reveal a real-life friend.
LAST MEETING OF
THE GORILLA CLUB
2020 Washington State Book Award Finalist
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"Blurring the line between imaginary friends and ghosts, Nickerson creates an atmospheric narrative that turns typically mundane activities, like riding a bike around the neighborhood, into existential ponderings on borderlines and time. Readers can dive in and get lost in ambiguous, creepy elements that will prepare them for the horror of Stephen King."
WINGED PEN INTERVIEW:
"I've always been drawn to ghost stories..."
"The story blurs the line between imaginary friends and ghosts, and Berman [narrator] immerses listeners in the ambiguous, atmospheric setting."
COMPASS BOOK RATINGS:
"I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy or benefit from reading this novel so I highly recommend it to anyone over the age of 10."