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Inside Out
by Terry Trueman
Publisher: HarperTempest
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Book Description

Zach Wahhsted is used to hearing these brutal words. But today he isn't the only one in danger of dying.

A busy coffee shop -- a robbery gone wrong. Two gunmen, nine hostages, flash-ing lights, itchy trigger fingers. And Zach, a seemingly ordinary teenager, is caught in the middle of the mayhem.

But nobody realizes that Zach -- who has no gun and no knife -- has a mind more dangerous than any weapon.

Never what he seems and always on the edge, Zach is an unforgettable character in a new book by Terry Trueman that is filled with the same shocking power and heartbreaking compassion as his Printz Honor Book, stuck in neutral.

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTempest; edition (Aug 1, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0066239621
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 Based on 8 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 33022

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

4INSIDE OUT, Sep 11, 2023
Ever wonder what it would be like if you were schizophrenic? If you were a 16 year old boy and schizophrenic? A 16 year old boy who just got out of school and is waiting for his mother to come and pick him up at the local coffee shop so he can then take his meds. which he desperately needs? And do you wonder what it would be like if you were this boy and then all of a sudden the coffee shop you are in gets held up in a robbery and you suddenly become a hostage? This book will show you just how much of a weapon of self-destruction a mind can be. This book is very unique and is absolutely wonderful. I gave this book four stars because the ending is so very depressing.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Zach Attack!, Apr 26, 2023
Zachary McDaniel Wahhsted is a very distinct personality. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, Zach lives with his illness and discusses it honestly, openly and frankly wit everyone he encounters. Zach has classic psychotic symptoms such as the difficulty in sorting out fact from fiction; auditory and tactile hallucintions; minimal social skills; poor judgment; bizarre ideations; bizarre verbalizations and suicide attempts. Each chapter opens with clinical notes and excerpts of letters about Zach.

Zach suffered from adolescent onset psychosis. His first episode with the illness occurred when he was 14 and found wandering the streets barefoot. From there, he is taken to Clearwater State Hospital where a benevolent pyschiatrist, Dr. Calvin Curtis ("Dr. Curt") takes over the boy's care. He is honest with Zach's mother; the boy has an especially severe form of schizophrenia and at best, can hope for remission through medication. Since Zach experiences a crawling sensation on his skin when his meds wear off, the doctor warns that this signified a poor prognosis and and that young men who suffer this side effect often commit suicide.

The story opens with a rush as Zach enters a local coffee shop in Spokane. His sole goal is to get maple bars and his meds. Zach tells all and sundry that at 3:30 he "takes his medicine" and Zach's mother has agreed to meet him at the shop with his medicine. A robbery is taking place and each patron and employee are held hostage by two teenage robbers. Zach talks to the boys, Joey aka "Stormy," 14 and Alan aka "Frosty", 17 and discusses his illness in an open, childlike way. He plainly has no concept of privacy. He also makes very personal comments to the other hostages, such as when he told one elderly woman with kind eyes that she had pretty eyes like a dog. He thinks a child who is understandably immobilized with fear is a zombie. Zach is not at all hesitant about sharing these observations. The boys don't know what to make of him and the other hostages shy away from him.

After a long stand-off, the boys finally release the other hostages save for Zach, who insists on calling his doctor. Zach and Dr. Curt become heroes after they talk the boys into doing the right thing. Once released, Zach's main aim is for those maple bars.

The story reminds me of the 1968 Beatle song, "Yer Blues" as the lyrics of that song could easily underscore this book. It ends on a tragically ironic note and will leave readers thinking for a very long time.

This is an author to watch out for!

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5Sixteen-year-old Zach..., Nov 25, 2022
Sixteen-year-old Zach, a schizophrenic in need of his medication, is one of several hostages in the botched robbery of a coffee shop by two desperate teenagers.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5Fantastic Book, Keeps You Reading Till the Very End, Oct 29, 2022
The book Inside out by Terry Trueman is about a Kid that developed a mental disease that makes him hear voices in his had. This mental disease is called skitsophrenia and the book will teach you about this disease and a situation not good for him. He gets caught in an armed robbery at a bakery after school and needs his medicine to maintain his disease and keep dirtbag and rat from coming back. To find out more about the story or disease read on. Inside out is almost guranteed to keep u reading until the very end.
Inside Out is a very good book. I recomend this book to everybody that reads this review because if you didnt read it you couldnt be recomended.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

4great book, Oct 6, 2023
Insideout by Terry Trueman was a great book. It showed how some people have problems and disabilities and shows how they cope with them. Its a very over whelming book. It makes you wanna reach out and help someone with a disabilaty like Schitzophrinia. The main character in this book had it and he learned to cope with it despite what people thought. Unfortuneatly Zach couldn't take it anymore and he decided to do something about it. Read this great book to find out.


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