Saturday, October 23, 2010
Drawing a Blank: Or How I Tried to Solve a Mystery, End a Feud, and Land the Girl of My Dreams (16)
The book centers around Carlton Dunne IV, a loner who is more at home in his published comic strip than in his own life. His mother has died, his step-mother has left, and his father has shipped him off to a boarding school, where he suffers the tortures of adolescence. Soon, however, he is drawn into a world shadowed in his comics where he learns things about his father, his family, and himself along the way.
With it's 17-year-old protagonist, you would think that the target audience would be high school students, but I found that it would probably fit better into a middle school classroom. I could see myself teaching this to 7th or 8th grade students (or possibly 9th), but nothing much higher than that. The chapters are short, which makes for a really quick read, and the comic panels sprinkled throughout add an element of creativity and depth.
Overall, I'm really glad I picked up this book. I may even try to work it into a lesson some day.