Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2007
being a teenager, and you are the conservative conformist who would rather
curl up with a good classic book rather than go hear some loud, obnoxious
punk music, which you hate. On the other hand, your father, whom you hardly
know, is the loud, punk-rocker who lives the Los Angeles music scene. This
is Katy’s situation, and she is less than proud of her father, whom she
must spend two weeks with in Los Angeles. Katy is mortified by her father
as soon as he picks her up from the Los Angeles airport:
Everybody sees him. The Rat is six feet five inches tall and wears a tiny cowboy hat on his head. He’s got a rolled up cigarette ( I hope not a joint) hanging out of his mouth, and his skinny sleeve-tattooed arms poke out of his once black, now faded gray T-Shirt that says NOSTRA DUMB ASS. His pegged jeans are dingy and look like he wears them every single day.
My father, Beau Ratner, punk name The Rat, looks just like a bum (p. 3). (Rhode Island Teen Book Awards, 2008-09)
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Punk rock music -- Fiction.
Musicians -- Fiction.
Self-perception -- Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.