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Scrawl by Mark Shulman
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Apr 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: audiobooks, favorites, high-interest-low-level, inner-city-youths, read-alouds-middle-school, read-in-2012, recommend-for-middle-school-book-cl, recommend-for-middle-school-boys, reviewed, young-adult
Recommended for: Teachers, middle school boys, high school boys, readers, students
Read from April 07 to 09, 2012

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 moments when I really wished I had the paper copy in my hands. I want to see how the pages look...I recommend reading this in paper form if at all possible; however, the narrator was very good and if it weren't for the odd sequencing of a few of the pages I'd not mention it at all. If audio book is your only option - it's still an excellent choice.

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Halston This book had such an authentic voice. The character of Tod has stuck with me long after the book was finished. I believed every word from this character. The author had me from the very first.

Jane I loved everything about this book, too. It is not the kind of book I read, and yet, it was!

Ally This book was really great. Good review!

Hello There I totally agree. I usually read paranormal romance mostly but Scrawl ROCKED!!

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Jerry Bennett I agree with what you said about the book having an interesting protagonist. The book sort of reminds me of a show like "Breaking Bad" or a movie like "The Godfather" where we see people who wouldn't normally be playing the main character have the spotlight. I liked hearing the backstory of Todd's backstory and I would definitely recommend this book. Having the main character of the story do things that are so vicious it's hard to keep him like-able, but scrawl does it nicely.

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