Scrawl by Mark Shulman

ScrawlScrawl by Mark Shulman
Hardcover, 240 pages; audiobook

“I know what you think. You think I’m fixable, don’t you? You want to fix the bad guy. You don’t know the half of it.” Today’s Book Talk Tuesday is Scrawl by Mark Shulman.  I am the Supplier.

Tod Munn is a bully. And this bully has landed himself in detention — a detention where he has to write after school, every day, in a notebook, while the rest of his droogs, as he calls them, have to clean the grounds outside the school. In the cold. In his notebook, Tod talks about some of the bad things he’s done,  his home life, which involves sleeping in a converted porch without a heater, and asserts that he cannot be reformed.

Of all the books about bullying that I’ve read, Scrawl was the first that was written from the point of view of the bully instead of the victim, which I found interesting as a reader. About Scrawl Chris Crutcher said, “I Love it when a voice in a novel is so real I feel I know the character by the second page. Scrawl gave me both. It is smart, and funny and takes us inside the mind of a truly intriguing, angry young man.”

Since October is bullying awareness month, here’s this week’s question: Why do you think people bully others? And do people imagine those bullies complexly.

Leave your thoughts on this question, comments about books or reading in general, or Feature Shelf suggestions in the comments here, on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. You can find all that info on the end screen and in the description below. And don’t forget to check out Scrawl by Mark Shulman.

That’s it for Book Talk Tuesday this week. I am the (book) supplier wishing you happy reading. Don’t forget to be awesome.
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