Punkzilla

Title

Punkzilla

Authors

Adam Rapp

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9780763652975

Pages

256 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

"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.

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

1200L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Kinship care; Gay/Lesbian; Addiction; Illness; brother looking after brother; gay; gay brother; gay adult; alcoholism; drug addiction; subtance abuse; cancer

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Michael L. Printz Award, 2010, Honor Book
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2010 Twelve to Fourteen
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2009
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2009 Fiction for Older Readers
Heartland Books Recommendation for Life-Long Readers - Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2013 Young Adult
Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010 Fiction

Keywords

siblings; military school; runaway; abuse; Oregon; Mempis; letters; theft; cross country adventure; sexual assault

Diversity Impact

direct

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