The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

Title

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

Illustrator

Landis Blair

Publisher

First Second

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781626726765

Pages

464 pages

Genre

biography

Format

graphic novel

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

It was a hunting accident; that much Charlie is sure of. That's how his father, Matt Rizzo--a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille--had lost his vision. It's not until Charlie's troubled teenage years, when he's facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth. Matt Rizzo was blinded by a shotgun blast to the face, but it was while participating in an armed robbery. Newly blind and without hope, Matt began his bleak new life at Stateville Prison. In this unlikely place, Matt's life and very soul were saved by one of America's most notorious killers, Nathan Leopold Jr., of the infamous Leopold and Loeb.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Family member death; Incarceration; Physical disability; death of a mother; father in prison; son in prison; blind; blind adult

Main Character

adult male

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

father

Awards

Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, 2018, Finalist, Book of the Year

Keywords

secrets; Braille; poems; hunting accident; shotgun; Leopold and Loeb; armed robbery; organized crime; mentorship

Diversity Impact

direct

The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry

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