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Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
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Oct 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: on-the-road, ya, street-kids-foster-kids-runaways, printz-award-winners-and-honorees, northwest
Read in October, 2009

Fourteen year old Jamie, or Punkzilla, as he's come to be known, has been living the past few months in a Portland halfway house when a letter from his older brother sends him busing and hitch-hiking across the country. In Memphis, his 27-year old brother Peter has cancer, and Punkzilla wants to see him before he dies. Punkzilla tells his story through unsent letters to Peter written in a notebook - where he's also tucked some letters from his brothers, parents, and friends.
Punkzilla introduces us to a host of unusual and memorable characters, and its honest portrayal of life on the street and its inherent reliance on strangers, makes for a sometimes disturbing, sometimes hopeful, always compulsive read.
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