Thursday, October 11, 2012

Teen Read Month Special: Our Favorites - Rotters

Today's Teen Read Month pick is by Joy from the Bookmobile.  She loves Rotters by Daniel Kraus:

"If you like listening to books or want to give audiobooks a try, the reader is great! The author spins a tale that gets grosser and more revolting as you dig deeper into the novel. As I got further along into the book and all sense of reality was lost, I would find myself laughing aloud with the complete over-the-top yuck described— eyeballs plucked out, the stink of death and much more."

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school. Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey's father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey's life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating. Daniel Kraus's masterful plotting and unforgettable characters makeRottersa moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.

For more great spooky reads, check out our Teen Read Month booklist Creepy Things (and People) That Go Bump in the Night.


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