I don't think Hal Johnson is a very unusual sort of a guy. He's just -- well, the average American citizen and family man, the kind that are the backbone of the nation. I admire him and like him. I like his attitude. Until, that is, he gets behind the wheel of an automobile. At that point he changes. He changes from a careful, considerate citizen--to a menace. -"Driven to Kill," 1948 driver's safety film. Teagan White is a freelance designer and illustrator from Chicago. She lives and works in Minnesota, where she received a BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Visit her website at www.teaganwhite.com.
"Filled with sarcasm and humor, this book will appeal to all teens
. . . Teachers will love the high-level vocabulary (and content
clues), sophisticated mathematical and scientific references, and
non-stop allusions to writers, poets, books, and historical
--VOYA "Johnson's debut novel is original and thought-provoking."
--School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Myron Horowitz, an adopted orphan, is severely disfigured as a result of a childhood tragedy. A ninth grader who looks about eight, he is a misunderstood loner and suffers from constant intimidation. But a life-altering experience changes things forever when he unknowingly unleashes powers defending himself against a school bully. He discovers that he is a lycanthrope, a human/animal shape-shifter. The story is told by Arthur, who is also a lycanthrope. Sought after by others of his kind, Myron begins a bizarre and mysterious journey that involves kidnapping, misadventures, murder, dangerous tests, and numerous secret societies, all while trying to discover his true form and purpose in the world. Johnson's debut novel is original and thought-provoking, especially the unique mythology intertwined with literary and historical references. Unfortunately, the craziness of the plot makes it hard to stay committed and focused. Arthur's witty and snarky narration is entertaining but not enough to engage readers in the plight of the protagonist.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park High School, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.