The Boy Who Could Make Himself Disappear Author:Kin Platt Out of it -- He was squeezing his arms and his legs, in turn. Then he put his hand onhis chest and rubbed it. 'I don't know,' he said. 'I feel funny.' — 'What do you mean--funny?' — 'Like there's nothing there--like I'm empty. Like I was always afraid of being. Out of it.' — 'Out of it?' — 'Yeah. You know. No more.' — Roger Baxter was new and ... more »lonely in New York. His mother didn't pay him much attention. And with a speech impediment, he had a tough time making friends.
Sometimes it was easier to pretend you were deaf--then you couldn't answer, naturally. Or you could pretend you didn't understand--even if it made you seem dumb. And if things got really cold, you could disappear.« less
I picked this book up when looking for a different book by Kin Platt (the Blue Man); it is fiction but runs along the lines of Tory L Hayden's books -- a trouble kid and his experience with society. Not a happy book but that can not be expected from this style.