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-nonsens
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 ...more
And okay, yes, this book is written as a series of journal entries from Tod to his guidance counselor so mayb ...more
But Tod isn't your average ham-fisted, blockheaded bully either. He's intelligent, clever, and ridiculously funny. His drip-dry humor was ju ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The last book I finished before this one was Pearl Buck's The Good Earth. In my discu ...more
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 ...more
There was also the fact that it was slow reading for me. I just couldn't lose myself in Tod's writing style. He would try to pull all these metaphors or similes and they just didn't work with me. Instead of creating a better image in my head, it just cr ...more
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 ...more
Tod's teachers either shun him as a loser or bend rules in hopes of his redemption. Where are the ones working for a balance of responsibility and consequences? The counselor steps in, but she seems more of a dramatic ploy than sensible adult, especially given the timing of h ...more
This book is a great book that I would recommend to anyone to read. This book is unique, ...more
Highly recommended for middle school ...more
I think it's supposed to make me feel sorry for the bully, and I started to sort of, but I just couldn't get into his story.
There's probably some deeper meaning here. I'm giving up on him, just like everyone else which is why he turned bully in the first place. Huh... ...more