Monday, February 13, 2017

Skinny White Freak, by Paul Haddad, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Growing up in the 70s in California meant baking in the sun, while slathered in baby oil, catching rays for that golden tan considered a prerequisite for looking one's best.  But Adam Lipsitz can't catch a break.  Not only is his skin entirely pigment challenged, he also takes gangly and geeky to bizarre extremes.  He might just as well paint a bullseye on his forehead to alert bullies looking for an easy target.  Add to this his list of prior summer camp fiascos and one can easily imagine his apprehension at being shipped off to suffer six weeks of hell at Kamp Kickapoo.

Skinny White Freak, by Paul Haddad, is an often snarky and entirely entertaining coming-of-age tale of a teenaged boy who has finally reached his bullying threshold.  Pushed to his limits he digs deep within to find a resolve he didn't know he had.  Often witty, occasionally heart-rending, but always honest, this book offers an introspective glimpse into the tender frailty of youth.  Skinny White Freak is a triumphant exploration of the weaknesses and strengths of the human spirit and a book that will resonate with readers of all ages.

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval

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