The Awakening of HK Derryberry
My Unlikely Friendship With the Boy Who Remembers EverythingBook - 2016
One Saturday morning Jim Bradford, a successful businessman in his mid-fifties, happens into Mrs. Winners Chicken and Biscuits and sees a nine-year-olds head pressed down against a black plastic boom box with a crooked antenna and three strips of silver duct tape stretched across the battery cover. He cant help but notice the long, white plastic braces on each of the childs legs. Mr. Bradford learns that HKs grandmother is forced to bring him to the fast-food restaurant where she works, leaving him to sit alone all day at a small table, with only his boom box for company. On subsequent Saturdays Jim feels drawn back to the restaurant to meet with HK and begins spending every weekend with him. Eventually it becomes apparent that buried beneath HKs severe disabilities is one spectacular ability. He is diagnosed with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), which involves superlative powers of recollection that enable him to remember everything that has happened to him since the age of three. Less than one hundred people have been diagnosed with HSAM, but none of them have the physical disabilities of HK Derryberry.
Publisher: Nashville : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, 
Characteristics: viii, 216 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Awakening of H.K. Derryberry