Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Lyga, Barry.
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2006
ISBN 0618723927
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Fanboy, a sophomore and self-proclaimed comic book, computer and study geek, is having a rough year. He’s a continual target for the bully jocks in school, his mom is pregnant by what he calls his step-fascist, and his only friend, Cal, seems to be making the lacrosse team more important these days than comic books.

Only two things give him some hope: he’s secretly working on a graphic novel that he hopes to show the famous Michael Bendis at an upcoming comic book convention, and he has a new friend in Kyra, a wild and troubled goth who also loves comics and picks Fanboy up in a different car every time they hang out.

They met because she IMd him a picture she took with her cell phone of him getting punched repeatedly in the arm during gym class with the message “Why do you let him hit you?” Fanboy has an ongoing ugly bruise on his arm because Mitchell Frampton won’t leave him alone.

Kyra, who has dark secrets of her own, doesn’t take bullying from anyone and slowly shows Fanboy how to stand up for himself. But will he be able to help her?  (Davinna Artibey, Denver Center for International Studies, DPS, CO)

SUBJECTS:     Self-perception -- Fiction.
                        Cartoons and comics -- Authorship -- Fiction.
                        Geeks (Computer enthusiasts) -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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