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3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  2,213 Ratings  ·  365 Reviews
Tod Munn is a bully. He's tough, but times are even tougher. The wimps have stopped coughing up their lunch money. The administration is cracking down. Then to make things worse, Tod and his friends get busted doing something bad. Something really bad.

Lucky Tod must spend his daily detention in a hot, empty room with Mrs. Woodrow, a no-nonsense guidance counselor. He doesn
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Roaring Brook Press
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I loved everything about this book. It had a unique perspective, an unusual protagonist, an interesting format and it was not the same 'message' that kids get beat over the head with in so many YA books.

I would love to have a book club read this and hear how students react to the characters and the situations. I'd especially be interested to see how boys react to it. I am sure to order this book for any library I work in in the future.

I listened to this on audio book and there were a few moment
Well, if you’re looking to get deep into the mind of a bully, this ain’t it. (Go check out Courtney Summers instead.) That’s because Tod Munn isn’t really a bully. Or if he is, he’s a rather benevolent one. He’s also on the honor roll, has perfect attendance, and is a pretty talented seamstress (seamster?). He’s well-read, a fantastic speller, and doesn’t use drugs or drink or even swear.

And okay, yes, this book is written as a series of journal entries from Tod to his guidance counselor so mayb
Feb 04, 2011 Carolina rated it it was amazing
Here's the thing about this book: I sort of didn't want to like it. It's about--and written in the voice of--a bully. And I can't abide a bully. So, I didn't want to sympathize with one. I certainly didn't want to like one. But you know, through the course of reading SCRAWL, I did both of those things. Something else happened too: I began to understand Tod.

But Tod isn't your average ham-fisted, blockheaded bully either. He's intelligent, clever, and ridiculously funny. His drip-dry humor was ju
Hadiyah ~Why am I so emotional? No it's not a good look, gain some self control~
That was amazing! I loved it! I love those books that are a bit confusing and then they make PERFECT sense in the end.
The characters were amazing. Honestly. I LOVED Tod (aka Pops), Doug (aka Bernie) and Mrs. Woodrow.
I hated everyone else, but they were really good characters written into the book. Everyone else that treated Tod like crap. All those sucky people that set him up and treated him like a worthless sack of trash. Just... ugh. It's frustrating.
I also love the way this books was written
Oct 12, 2011 Brooke rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is an excellent perceived veiw of a school from a teen bully. He may be a bully, but all that he has said about his grades give me the impression that he means to be tough on the outside but he secretly even says that he studys hard to meet his goals to get good grades. He crumples his papers before he turns them in, plays stupid or coy in class( Tod Munn is in all reading honors classes)while still being top person in class. His teachers do everything they can underhanded ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Nickie rated it it was amazing
Scrawl's protagonist is not a nice guy. In fact, high schooler Tod Munn is a barely tolerable guy. In between stealing lunch money, vandalizing school property, and irritating teachers, Tod finally pushes his luck and gets into major trouble.

Instead of being expelled, Tod is sentenced to a few months of detention supervised by his guidance counselor. Mrs. Woodrow requires Tod to write in a journal, and what she discovers about Tod and his friends surprises everyone...

What I liked about this book
Mar 02, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
It's tough to know where to start with this one... the pitch-perfect, sharp-edged smart-kid-bad-kid voice? The creative and believable "detention notebook" format, complete with quick exchanges between the kid doing time and the teacher-warden? Loved all that...but I think it's the heart of this book that really drew me in (author Mark Shulman might hate that I said that...he's one of those tough guys who probably eats books with "heart" for breakfast, but it's true.) The truth is that Tod, the ...more
Dec 30, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
One word: AMAZING. The first thing I noticed was the voice in the book. The book is composed of Tod's "Detention Journal" entries - he has to write in this journal during detention for getting in trouble. It is evident that this author knows a thing or two about character development; the voice is so strong, you feel like you've known Tod for all your life. I wasn't planning on read this 200-something page book in one sitting becuase of only an hour of time to do it in, but it ended up that way. ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it
An amazing novel that is a page turner you will never forget. In the novel Scrawl written by Mark Shulman it is a book that would be leaving you with so many questions. Tod is a person who you might think as a "thug" or a "troublemaker" but in reality he is a person worth being friends with. He may not be the most innocent person in the past but he is a person you could trust, a real friend. Tod, just figures out who is really there for him. I suggest this novel to readers who love the genre of ...more
Mar 26, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing
SCRAWL is a fabulous, riveting read. Tod is probably the most interesting bad boy I've ever met in YA fiction, and Mark Shulman is certainly one of the best new voices.
Mar 19, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing
Here's the executive summary of this post: "Scrawl" reveals the inner life of a junior high school bully, a huge, violent, lower class, shambling boy named Tod Munn who is secretly brilliant but plays being an oaf to conceal his intelligence and retain his hidden-in-plain-sight status in the complex social economy of his school. We have so many books about the inner lives of girls or super-powered boys or just good-looking, well-intentioned kids who wind up in bad situations that it's refreshing ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Ashley rated it it was ok
I actually feel kind of bad for giving this book 2 stars. Everyone else who's read this book seems to love it. I thought it was mediocre. It was interesting enough that I wanted to finish it, but not so fantastically amazing that I just couldn't put it down.

Things I liked about this book:
I liked the style in which this book is written. It's not formal writing. It's all a "journal" from a high school bully kid, so it's not written like a typical fiction novel. I also thought the narrator - the hi
Linda Bell
Jun 07, 2011 Linda Bell rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to think when I opened up this book. I've seen reviews that it's a great great book and I've seen some which say it lacks a plot, or that it's been done before.

Now I've read Scrawl for myself. I am firmly of the belief that it IS a great, great book.

To the readers who must have spies and explosions and palace intrigue: they're here in this book. They're just realistic.

To the readers who say it's been done before: it's true. A boy makes the hero's journey from slacker loser t
Brian DiNitto
Apr 05, 2011 Brian DiNitto rated it really liked it
I like how you are taken into this kid's world, and you see why he does some of the things he does. Funny at times, "bad guy" portrayed all wrong emerges as "poor good guy", with character growth. I will get flack for my next statement, but there are these incredibly glowing reviews from mostly women about this book. Does the average woman feel the need to rehab. the bad boy? Does this resonate with their being?
The last book I finished before this one was Pearl Buck's The Good Earth. In my discu
Feb 07, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing
This book is a stunning achievement. Without realizing it, I had been taken through the mind of a tough "lost boy" who, magically before my eyes, went from bad to misunderstood to understood to appreciated. This is the kind of balancing act I rarely see from any YA author; these writers tend to overplay their hands by presuming their readers can't handle nuance.

And yet, Scrawl is just as important for adults to read as teens. Each of us thinks we know a child and has him or her figured out, and
Amber Neighbors
Sep 09, 2015 Amber Neighbors rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades 4-7
Scrawl is not your typical bullying story. In fact, main character, Todd Munn, is the bully. This book is not focused on the victims. Rather it is an insight into what makes a bully into a bully. Todd's life is not so easy. He has a rough reputation to keep up, because if he doesn't, some other mean kid will rule him and everyone else. He steals lunch money, but not because that's what bullies do in all the cartoons. Todd plays stupid, because that's what everyone expects from a kid who lives in ...more
Oct 07, 2010 Martha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens, boys, girls, adults
Recommended to Martha by: Librarian
Scrawl is a wonderful, intelligent, and funny book. I didn't expect anything from Scrawl when I picked it up. But the author had me from the first paragraph, when our "hero" Tod is busting another teenager's glasses, straight through to the ending, which was as enjoyable and surprising as any.

The book is told in journal form. Tod is in big trouble. We don't know why, and he's sure not going to tell us. At first. But like good, patient teacher, his guidance counselor slowly but surely coaxes the
Jan 06, 2016 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Tod Munn is a bully. He picks on kids and seems tough. But after getting detention he has to write entries about his day in an old notebook. And though it seems strange, you start to sympathize and identify with him. He sleeps in a small freezing room and his mom works hard all day as a seamstress while he couldn't mean less to his stepfather. Todd opens up and you see his hidden bright, caring personality.
This book is a great book that I would recommend to anyone to read. This book is unique,
Wendy E.
Jul 20, 2010 Wendy E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-arcs, ya
What a great book. We hear from Tod, a bully bound for juvie, who is given one last chance to write an assigned number of pages in detention every day for one month. The premise may be a bit contrived, but the writing is clever, the characters are believable and the plot memorable. I enjoyed lines like "I carry the stick of a lost cause" and "I like reading. It is free travel." I found myself sympathizing with Tod, cringing at his rather accurate portrayal of the school system and nodding along ...more
Rachel Seigel
Jan 12, 2012 Rachel Seigel rated it it was amazing
This was a such a great book! The voice of Tod is so real and raw, and I love the journaling format. It's one of the best bullying stories I've read so far, and is a demonstration of how redemption is possible when someone believes in you. I think the character is around fifteen/sixteen, but as it is a notebook format mostly addressed to a teacher who knows him, there aren't a lot of specifics about his age or appearance. (All we know is that he's a big kid)

Highly recommended for middle school
Oct 01, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
This book was good, i enjoyed it. It reminded me a little of Boot Camp and a little of Right Behind You. I loved reading about things that could really be possible in High School. Almost like getting in the bad kids mind, and realizing they arent as bad as they seem.
Linda Atkinson
Oct 20, 2010 Linda Atkinson rated it it was amazing
A real page turner; time well spent!
Mrs Smith Smith
Oct 13, 2010 Mrs Smith Smith rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book. It gives you an insight to bulling and how a bully works in school.
Deanna Roy
Jun 27, 2016 Deanna Roy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Love a book from a boy's perspective always, and a bully to boot. Nice voice. Well executed.
Robert Kent
Nov 13, 2010 Robert Kent rated it it was amazing
Scrawl by Mark Shulman is a great book and well worth reading and/or purchasing. As you know, I try to get all of my books for free through this blog, but if I were going to pay money for a book, I would pay money for this one. Sometimes you pay $16.99 for a book (Scrawl’s cover price, which I looked up on my free copy) and you feel like you only got $8.99 worth of story. Not so here. I would say I got at least $50.97 worth of story, bare minimum, maybe more. That’s three times the value, at lea ...more
Ms. Albert
Nov 26, 2016 Ms. Albert rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The whole premise of this book is that Tod has committed a crime of some sort on school property and, while his friends were sentenced to after-school grounds clean-up, Tod was sentenced for some reason to detention, supervised by his counselor. During detention he must write in a journal. The novel IS that journal. Through this journal, we find out that Tod isn't such a bad guy; he's a victim of circumstances. Circumstances include living in abject poverty in a crime-riddled neighborhood, with ...more
Emma F
Nov 22, 2016 Emma F rated it it was amazing
Scrawl a book written by MarkShulman, was a very good read. The book is about a bullies journal.The journal is kept between him and his guidance councilor. Everyday he is supposed to write in it explaining how his day went, and his counselor would read it and give him notes to try and help him. His name is Tod, and he likes to bully people. He tries to be a really though guy. Things are bad at home for Tod, so he takes his anger out on kids. Tod is very intelligent but doesn't want anyone to kno ...more
Dec 04, 2016 WinterReader0917 rated it really liked it
This contemporary felt very real to me. It was one of those books where I felt content with the story. Nothing majorly shocking happened, and that's a good thing- because I wanted a nice, quick read. I was impressed with Tod's attitude to being a bully. He needed to be scary to survive- I also enjoyed Tod's master plans and quick thinking. Overall, the book was very enjoyable and I would recommend it.
Dec 04, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I think that every teacher, counselor, administrator, should probably have to read this book. Well written, it gives one pause to think about the "other side" of the story, person, who is involved. Sometimes we only see what we want to see and not what we should see.
Oct 26, 2016 Holly rated it it was amazing
Scrawl was amazing! I loved in Scrawl, how it was from the bully's point of view, and it doesn't reveal until the very end what bad thing did this bully do.
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