Making Up Megaboy by DK

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Most days he is Robbie Jones of Santa Rosita, California. "Quiet, something of a loner," say his classmates at Kennedy Middle School. "He liked to draw..." volunteers his friend Ruben. "Me and him made up stories all the time about a superhero called Megaboy." But one day, Robbie takes a .44 from his father's sock drawer, climbs on the new bike he's been given for his thirteenth birthday, pedals a few blocks to Main Street, and shoots an elderly Korean shopkeeper. Within hours, Jae Lin Koh is dead. This extraordinary book, an album of inquiry as terse and visually arresting as any TV news brief, sets out the particulars of Robbie's actions and arrest later that day. The boy, meek and shivering, confesses buy does not explain. Other people try: his parents, teachers, the cops, psychologists, the girl Robbie "liked." The voices of America, beyond Megaboy's help. Together, they will have young adults listening--and talking.
 

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Walter is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Roeckelein is a freelance graphic designer for both print and video in Washington, DC.
 
Published March 15, 1998 by DK CHILDREN. 64 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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using an array of typefaces, blocks of text clipped and pasted at an angle, and dark, distorted, computer- manipulated photo-montages, Roeckelein creates an ominous, sometimes disorienting atmosphere that suggests a turmoil in Robbie that never shows up in the text.

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This book asks readers to piece together their own interpretation of the events presented here, and it will hold them breathless long past the last page: On his 13th birthday, with his father's gun, R

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The story of a 13-year-old boy who shoots a Korean liquor store owner is filtered through 18 brief first-person perspectives.

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This book asks readers to piece together their own interpretation of the events presented here, and it will hold them breathless long past the last page: On his 13th birthday, with his father's gun, Robbie Jones shot Jae Koh, who had, for eight months, operated the Main Street Liquor Store in San...

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The book's short, easy-to-read format, as well as its tough-minded attitude, compelling subject, edgy computer-generated collages, and Robbie's superhero drawings, will appeal to reluctant readers.

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