author: Betsy Franco
illustrator: Tom Franco
Life. Love. Death. Identity. Ovidís got a lot on his mind, and he pours it all -- as confessions, observations, narrative poems, and drawings -- into the pages of a notebook. Inspired by his namesake, he wryly records his classmatesí dramas as modern-day Roman mythology. Thereís Sophie and Caleb, the Psyche and Cupid of cyber-couples; poetic Paula, who pursues filmmaker Franny like Apollo chasing Daphne; and graphic novelist Duwayne, a Proserpina shuttling between divorced parents. Meanwhile, Ovid hides his own Olympian struggles: his meth addict sister Thena has run off, leaving him with a suffocating home life and a disturbing secret. In her striking YA debut, Betsy Franco introduces an expressive soul with a heartbreakingly authentic voice. Fantastical ink illustrations by her son Tom Franco enhance the intimate tone, delving deep into one intriguing teenís imagination.
Heís a young artist obsessed with myths. But can he fix his own fate? Acclaimed author Betsy Franco and her talented son collaborate on a hip YA novel of "epic" proportions. (Age 14 and up)