A Prayer for Owen Meany is a book that many students are assigned to read as part of the course work for their high school English class. It is also a book that tends to get banned.
Owen Meany is a small kid with a voice that is so bizarre that people stop and stare at him when he speaks. It sounds like a permanent scream. Owen is also brilliant, and wise beyond his years, and, like most kids who are a combination of highly intelligent and odd, he gets picked on all through childhood.