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by Diane C. Mullen

Liam is a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in public housing in Minneapolis. Liam uses graffiti to leave his mark and affirm his identity, but his artistry goes beyond the graffiti. He keeps a blackbook where he sketches the people around him, the city buses, light-rail trains, and the colors of his hood. In school Liam shows little interest in his studies, and although lessons on Pablo Picasso pique his interest, he feigns indifference.

An invitation from his mom’s artist friend sends Liam to spend his summer on the shores of Lake Michigan. Liam is struck by the serenity and beauty of Lakeshore and though he’s quickly captivated by Kat’s artistic world and the work of artists like Basquiat and Picasso, he tries to maintain his tough and indifferent front.

Liam eventually has to choose between staying in Lakeshore or returning to a family who needs his help-a choice that will determine whether he can change himself for the better, or continue down a dangerous path.


Ages: 12+
ISBN: 9781580895835
Price: $16.95
Published by: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.

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