The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga

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Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sophomore year is turning out to be its own special hell. The bullies have made him their favorite target, his best (and only) friend seems headed for the dark side (sports and popularity), and his pregnant mother and the step-fascist are eagerly awaiting the birth of the alien life form known as Fanboy's new little brother or sister. 
   Fanboy, though, has a secret: a graphic novel he's been working on without telling anyone, a graphic novel that he is convinced will lead to publication, fame, and--most important of all--a way out of the crappy little town he lives in and all the people that make it hell for him.
   When Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical girl who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for jocks and bullies. Fanboy can't resist someone who actually seems to understand him, and soon he finds himself willing to heed her advice--to ignore or crush anyone who stands in his way.

 

About Barry Lyga

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Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry lives and writes in New York City. His website is www.barrylyga.com.
 
Published September 24, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 325 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Donnie (aka Fanboy) is a comic-book aficionado, who lives with his newly remarried, pregnant mother and his “step-fascist.” Rule-abiding and honest, Fanboy’s goal in life is to meet writer and illustrator Brian Michael Bendis, to show him his own graphic novel.

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High-school cliques collide with comic-book culture in Lyga's colorful debut, which focuses on "Fanboy," a smart and sarcastic 15-year-old who dreams of destroying the popular crowd and getting his epic graphic novel published.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Things are going from bad to worse for 15-year-old comic book geek Donnie, aka "Fanboy."

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Common Sense Media

It shows the impact of bullying and what it's like to be an outsider, and could be used by inspired parents and teachers to open up discussions on empathy, bullying, and school violence.

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