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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,841 ratings  ·  307 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Brian DiNitto
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
Linda Bell
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
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
Oct 07, 2010 Martha rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Wendy E.
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
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
The main character (Tod Munn) is so sarcastic yet he's very smart, clever, yet there's a gentle soul on the inside. Not going to spoil anything but he can be painfully funny and is brutally honest all-throughout the book. Although this tough guy has it rough, he goes out of his way to help people out. You quickly get the idea that Tod has a lot more going on in his life than anyone would realize- more than the tough bully at school. His mom works constantly, the house is a mess, and his mom's bo ...more
Mark Shulman’s purpose in writing the book, Scrawl, is to put a story into a different point of view coming from inside of a high school. Scrawl hopes to show that not all “bad” kids are really bad. We are all human and go through struggles in everyday life. The main character, Tod, writes a series of novels to his counselor while he has to face detention for being a bully. Tod is able to break down barriers and tell his story, exposing his soft interior. Scrawl isn’t made to make anyone feel pi ...more
Sheppard Memorial Library
I really enjoyed this book! It's set up as a journal written by a high school bully for the guidance counselor during detention. The bully himself, Tod Munn, writes with a great sense of humor and irony about his life. You quickly get the sense that Tod has a lot more going on in his life than anyone would realize. And I felt empathy for him as well. It's a great book to introduce the truth that we can never really understand someone else's motivations completely, especially if we don't take the ...more
Scrawl was a fantastically unique book that opened a new perspective in my life. Being from the perspective of a teenage bully, it opens a startlingly different attitude towards high school life.

Originally, my mind considered bullies to be simple; something dreadful in their life must have pushed them to make another person's life just as horrible. But this book changed that simple view to one of amazing complexity. The antagonist was real and intricate.

Everything about this book was fantastic.

4.5 stars

Tod Munn, according to the book's blurb, is a bully. He gets busted (we don't find out what for till very the near the end of the book), gets a month of detention, has to write a journal.

When I picked this book up, on the recommendation of a fellow teacher, I thought, "yeah, this is going to be the classic 'bullies are only bullies because they've been bullied' scenario."

But recent statistics and studies show the opposite to be true. More and more often, it is the 'popular' kids, the
Lila Hudson
Books, like Scrawl, should always be kept around because they remind us that bullies are people just like us-with deep thoughts and feelings. Scrawl leads the reader through those feelings with the journal entries of a bully named Tod “Pops” Munn. Tod has to write these journal entries for his teacher to read during his detention. He hates it at first, but through his entries the reader starts to learn more about who Tod is. And, how he came to be a bully.
Scrawl is a book I find very impressi
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.
Actual rating: 2.5

Tod Munn is stuck in detention where he has to write in a notebook every day, while his friends who are also in trouble are outside picking up trash. At the beginning, he feels as if he would rather be picking up trash than writing down his feelings. He soon finds closure in writing down his feelings for his teacher Mrs. W to read and discovers things about himself and others around him.


This book wasn't horrible, I just didn't feel anything for the characters. I felt
Sam Harrison
Scrawl is a book about an angry young man. I can sort of relate to his rebelliousness (but I have no cause). The whole book consisted of journal entries by Tod Munn (sounds Jamacian,huh) like that there was all sorts of weird things like Tod being fat. I had actually pictured him as bone skinny until it said he was fat. Anyway, the journal entries really sounded like Tod wrote them. However, it was lengthy and the whole journal entry plot lost me a little but I still read due to the way the it w ...more
Noah James
I loved Scrawl for its magnificent character development and witty phrases. The novel had a very realistic feel and really drove the impoverished setting home. There was a rather important focus on the stark contrasts between a person's outer appearance and his or her actual personality, as well as the perceptions and assumptions made by those around the person. This point was definitely prominent throughout the book. Readers with an interest in school drama and cynical themes should find this b ...more
Mrs Smith Smith
This book is a great book. It gives you an insight to bulling and how a bully works in school.
Tod is a kid that you really don't want to like. He's a bully, extorts lunch money from weaker kids, and is a challenge to teachers in class. But you do like him.
As I got to know Tod, where he lived, the struggles his family had to put food on the table or give him a warm place to sleep I began to feel compassion for him. He really lives in an eat or be eaten community where strength and street smarts are valued much more highly than academic smarts. Here is why I like him, given all of that, T
Alivia Oley
I didn't really like this book because it wasn't really interesting. This book is about a boy that is a bully named Tod Munn that is a boy that can be helpful but also can be bad at times. He can be bad because he can steal other kids' free lunch card or even start a fight. A free lunch card is where you can have the lunch people use a punch card puncher to punch the lunch cards' for a free lunch. But other times Tod can be very helpful because he can ask his mom to help him sew things for schoo ...more
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