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THE ACCIDENTAL GENIUS OF WEASEL HIGH by Rick Detorie

THE ACCIDENTAL GENIUS OF WEASEL HIGH

By Rick Detorie (Author) , Rick Detorie (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: April 26th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-60684-149-5
Publisher: Egmont USA

Fourteen-year-old aspiring filmmaker Larkin Pace is documenting his daily life to prepare for the big screens of Hollywood. Before the cameras can get rolling on his masterpiece, though, Larkin must figure out how to keep his almost-girlfriend Brooke away from popular Dalton, how to keep his sister’s ever-increasing drama out of his life and how to get his hands on the perfect video camera despite a depleted bank account. Packing his tale full of adolescent wackiness and angst, cartoonist Detorie strikes an excellent balance among school issues, family drama and personal aspirations, capturing the total teen experience. Larkin’s cinematic passion is honest without pretension, though teen readers might wish there were more contemporary movie references. Embodying the extreme teen emotional mood swing, Larkin’s sister Kelly will resonate with all those who have ever known a teenage diva. While Detorie keeps all plot points unified under a general film theme, some of the subplots could have been cut and the space used to develop Larkin and Brooke’s relationship. Well-placed and well-done black-and-white illustrations nicely further the story. No accidental work of genius, this—Detorie’s carefully crafted novel is an engaging experience. (Fiction. 10-14)