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Ink Me (Seven #4)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  205 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Bunny (real name Bernard) doesn't understand why his late grandfather wants him to get a tattoo. Actually, Bunny doesn't understand a lot of things, so it's good that his older brother, Spencer, is happy to explain things to him. But this is a task Bunny is supposed to do on his own, and nobody is more surprised than Bunny when, after he gets tattooed, he is befriended by ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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I struggled to rate this book. As an adult with good literacy skills, I appreciated the bold choice to write this book phonetically as a character-building tool. I really did feel Bunny's struggle to understand his world and his simple outlook on everything. My struggle to read this absolutely make me feel his struggle to write. I was completely engaged in Bunny's journey from beginning to end, and at the end I felt as I'm sure his parents and brother did about how everything turned out. For mys ...more
Sigmund Brouwer
So far this year, it's one of the best I've read, any genre. Bias alert: it's in a series called Seven, and I've authored Devil's Pass, one of the books in the series. However, I should also point out that this book is not in the genres I usually read, so I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, and the craft of writing in this book is at an extremely high level -- much is said with simple words. The story is equally compelling. Get ready to bust a gut with laughter and two pages later, swa ...more
Shonna Froebel
This book is the fourth in Seven: the Series, following Between Heaven and Earth, Lost Cause, and Jump Cut). Seven cousins are each given a task to do by their grandfather as part of his will. Along with the task, they are given the funds necessary to carry it out. Here, the cousin whose story it is is Bernard, nicknamed Bunny. Bunny is fifteen, big for his age, and developmentally delayed. His brother's story was told in Jump Cut and the books stories integrate with each other. Bunny's task is ...more
Tudor Robins
OK, so, Ink Me ... Well, if you've read the other reviews you'll know it's written phonetically. Here's how that went for me when I opened it:

Out loud - "Oh no! There's no way I can read this!"
In my head - 'You are so narrow-minded. You are an author. You should celebrate other author's efforts,' etc.

Then my boys intervened - you see we're reading Seven: The Series out loud, and we had just finished Jump Cut, which is the closest companion to this story (it's about Bunny's brother, and refers to
Seven grandsons were given a task to complete from their now deceased grandfather. Bunny has received his task and it was to get a tattoo. Simple, right? Well that's what Bunny thought until he ends up befriending a person named Jaden and becoming part of a gang. As he gets closer with the gang, he realizes that they're not who they appear to be. Bunny must chose between his new friends that do bad things and what he knows to be right. Bunny chooses his friends and ends up living by the motto hi ...more
Ruth Walker
What a remarkable book. I didn't know what to think at first but soon enough fell under the spell of the frank narration of Bunny (Bernard). Part of the Seven Series (a clever approach of conjoined books designed to engage young readers) "Ink Me" follows the adventures of one of seven grandsons, each bequeathed with a 'task' set by their departed Grandpa as part of his will.

But this is Bunny's story and Bunny is a special needs young man. Bunny follows Grandpa's directions and goes for a tattoo.
Elvina Barclay
I was very excited when I first heard about this series and was happy to receive this book from Orca for review.
The story is told in the voice of the main character, Bunny, and as such we have to try and read through his spelling and grammar mistakes. At first I found this very difficult but after a couple of chapters I got to like this, it added to my understanding of Bunny and his character.
The story is set in my neighbourhood of Mimico (southern Etobicoke) so I had a good grasp on the geogra
Feb 28, 2013 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Bunny knows when people call him stupid that it's pretty much the truth. But he does ok in the world, and his brother, Spencer, ensures that he doesn't get into too much trouble. When the boys' grandfather dies and assigns each of them to fulfill a task, Bunny doesn't understand why he's supposed to get a tattoo. The ink he gets turns out to have gang affiliations; Bunny doesn't understand this and gets himself into a jam. Told with Bunny's language and spelling as a mentally challenged teen, th ...more
Amy Morgan
Written in YA slang. Since I am used to reading this type of writing, it wasn't hard to read. Interesting book about a young boy trying to carry out a task from his grandfather's will. Would be interested in reading the other books in the series.
Neill Smith
When Bunny attends the reading of his grandfather’s will he is surprised that his grandfather has asked him to get a tattoo that his grandfather did not get the opportunity to get during his own lifetime. Bunny is a nice, well-meaning boy but he doesn’t always understand all the events that happen around him. However he decides to get the tattoo. Unfortunately the tattoo shop picked by his grandfather has changed hands and there is a slight mixup – unknown to Bunny his tattoo identifies him as a ...more
Ink Me is an interesting take on someone with low IQ. There aren't many novels where the main character is intellectually challenged; usually they are a side character, used to show the main character's empathy. Because it's Bunny writing the story, everything is phonetically spelled. That makes it a tad difficult to read and may put off a lot of readers. The gang brings Bunny the friendship and loyalty he craves, but he is not able to comprehend what they are setting up. He has no filter, just ...more
Ted Staunton's Jump Cut set a new standard for the Seven series and Richard Scrimger in Ink Me ain't letting us down with this marvellously inventive novel that truly gives voice to Bunny O'Toole, younger brother of Spencer, and a kid who is marginalized by being different because as he tells us, "he's a dummy". Perhaps to the outside world but Scrimger's absolutely fantastic first-person narrative brilliantly empowers Bunny by letting him tell his very wild story in his own very distinct fashio ...more
Paulette Garza
Interesting read! The text is phonetically spelled and makes me appreciate how hard it is for some students to write and read books. This book is part of a series titled Seven.
Seven grandsons receive envelopes at their granfathers funeral. Bernard, or Bunny as his family calls him, is not smart but has a gentle and kind soul. His envelope instructions involve a tattoo parlor on the bad side of town. What happens next is a whirlwind of a story involving a boxing gym, friendship, loyalty, good gu
It would've probably never crossed my mind to pick up Ink Me in a bookstore if it weren't for Richard Scrimger's visit to my school. At the beginning of the book, it was a bit difficult for me to adjust to the phonetic writing. After a few pages, I barely had to focus on the words and make out what they meant. When I come to imagine the writing to be normal, the charm of the story just seems to fade so I've got to say that writing this book phonetically was a wise decision! I greatly enjoyed thi ...more
Cassie Rowse
This whole book is written with grammar and spelling worse than my kindergartner. I couldn't even get past the fist chapter.
The writing style and poor grammar are exactly what is needed to draw you into the interesting world of Bunny. Great read.
Nicola Mansfield
This series has no particular reading order and I picked this one next because two of the books take place within Canada so I thought I'd get to one of those next and this author was totally new to me; I'd never even heard of him before. I've highly enjoyed every book in this series so far but have to say this one did not do much for me. The significance of the Grandfather is quickly forgotten in this entry after Bernard (everyone calls him Bunny) gets the tattoo as instructed in the will. Every ...more
Bunny (Bernard) follows the wishes of his dead grandfather when he goes to a "sketchy" tattoo parlor and gets a tattoo of a candle and "15". Turns out it's a gang tattoo. When he helps a bullied boy, the phrase "wrong place, wrong time" comes into plau as Bunny, a rather large, very strong, yet low intelligence boy, is pulled into the gang world.
One of seven books, each about a grandfather's seven grandchildren, this book is difficult yet engaging. Written with phonetically spelled words(the sam
I enjoyed this book after I got used to it. The narrator writes phonetically which is challenging at first. It reminds me of Flowers for Algernon. The main character, Bunny, is feeble minded and left with the task of getting a tattoo as part of his grandfather's final request. His grandfather wants him to live and experience great adventures. The adventure that Bunny undergoes is a lot more complex than anyone would have ever guessed, but it is exciting to see how far Bunny can go despite not be ...more
I almost put this book down a few pages in because I struggle with books riten lik this, and the entire book was narrated by the main character, who appears to have a mild intellectual disability. But I trust Richard Scrimger so I stayed with it. Miraculously that aspect disappeared and I became riveted by the story. It's hard not to give too much away in a review of a short book, but essentially this tells the story of Bunny, a 15-year-old boy who, in fulfilling a task left to him by his grandf ...more
That tattoo shop was so unprofessional. Bunny went into to get tattoo and then things started to change. He did make some friends but what kind of friends did he make that led him to jail. Hmm........ This book is a bit rough to read since Bunny is mentally delayed young man and his spelling is atrocious.
Story was interesting. However because the entire book was written in the voice of the main character, meaning the way this character speaks, I found it very distracting. On the other hand, it had me wondering if this is how struggling readers feel?!?
This would be,in theory, a good book but it is so poorly written... I know that this is on purpose, but it was so hard to read that I gave up on finishing. So unless you can decipher what was written in the book, I highly do not suggest this book.
The Doctor
This is an incredibly inventive series. The writing style makes it a much easier book to read out loud. It is a fun book to read, as you can figure things out faster than the main character, but not in a bad way as much books are, but in a way that adds to the experience.
kinda hard to read
it doesn't matter what order you read the books in. I read the one 3.
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painful to read.
Even though I understand that the grammar and spelling were incorrect on purpose because of the main character's first-person narrative, it slowed me down while reading it. Aside from that, it was actually a good book. I liked the main character as a person. And this is the second book I've read that made me realize just how easily your life can change for the worse based on one bad decision or one misunderstanding.
I really can't tell how I feel about this book. It definitely hooked me and I couldn't stop reading. Totally not the ending I expected. The writing drove me nuts but would the story have been as good written in proper English? Probably not. It really gave him his voice. I'm interested to hear what some of the students think of it.
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I was born with very little hair and very little feet and hands. They all grew together and I still have them, together with all my organs except tonsils. I do not have four children -- they have me and we all know it. I write and teach and talk about writing and other things. Actually, I talk a lot. I’m right handed, my car has a dent in the passenger side door, and my blood type is A-. The motto ...more
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