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"Punkzilla" is on a mission to see his older brother "P", before "P" dies of cancer. Still buzzing from his last hit of meth, he embarks on a days-long trip from Portland, Ore. to Memphis, Tenn., writing letters to his family and friends. Along the way, he sees a sketchier side of America and worries if he will make it to see his brother in time.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010, c2009
ISBN: 9780763652975
Branch Call Number: YA RAP
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 20 cm


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ARIEL D SMITH Aug 03, 2012

this book is a little explict but meanswell. its really realistic but its allright.

May 02, 2012

14 year old Jamie- street name Punkzilla- chronicles his cross country journey to try and visit his dying older brother, Peter, through a collection of stream of consciousness style letters written on a bus, in the back seats of cars and while hiding out behind trash cans. After going AWOL from military school and spending a few months on the streets of Portland, Oregon stealing i-pods, Punkzilla hops a Greyhound bus that sets him on a journey to see the many, often seedy and grim, faces of America.
This is a dark and desperate novel, but it also contains moments of humor and compassion that keep the reader going. The characters, including Punkzilla himself, are deeply flawed but that is part of the appeal of the book and for the most part everyone is held accountable for their actions. Punkzilla is at once a streetwise kid who will knock out an old lady to get her i-pod and also a creative and sensitive boy struggling to find a place to fit in. It’s this juxtaposition that ultimately makes the character likeable and relatable. This story contains frank depictions of drug and alcohol use, sex, and violence and is recommended for mature readers 14+

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Jul 02, 2013

riversprite thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Aug 01, 2011

animedude3 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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