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Going Bovine (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

"In this over-the-top hilarious, wildly inventive, and 100% bizarre novel, we
meet Cameron, a 16-year-old slacker with Mad Cow Disease. Knowing he doesn't
have long for this world, Cameron embarks on a (hallucinatory?) quest for a
cure that takes him across the country with his punk guardian angel, a
video-game obsessed dwarf, and a talking garden gnome who may or may not be
the Norse god Balder."

— Meghan G.

Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List

“Libba Bray's narrative of the surreal adventures of 16-year-old Cameron, recently diagnosed with mad cow disease, will take you everywhere -- from his pain-ridden hospital bed, to a happiness cult, to the Party House in Florida. Going Bovine is a great read for anyone ready for an adventure.”
— Cassie Denton, Bookshelf At Hooligan Rocks, Truckee, CA


"Can Cameron find what he's looking for?
"All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school and life in general with a minimum of effort. It's not a lot to ask. But that's before he's given some bad news: he's sick and he's going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure if he's willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

About the Author

Libba Bray is the author of the "New York Times "bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

Praise For…

Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009:
"An unforgettable, nearly indefinable fantasy adventure."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 3, 2009:
"Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385733977
ISBN-10: 0385733976
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Pages: 480
Language: English