A novel for middle grade and young adult readers
He draws his crush for an online game and paints her into real danger.
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by Stephanie Feuer
With stunning illustrations by S.Y. Lee.
DRAWING AMANDA is set in the under-parented, high-expectation adolescent world of a Manhattan international prep school. Fourteen-year-old budding artist Inky Kahn is still smarting from the death of his father. He thinks he’s found his big break when he bonds with the developer of a new computer game and snags a coveted drawing assignment, for which he uses his secret crush–Amanda–as a model.
But unbeknownst to Inky, the developer has a dangerous criminal past, and is using his computer game to lure and stalk teenage girls. And Inky has inadvertently led Amanda right into his path. Blinded by his own ambition and sulking from his father’s death, Inky hides from the truth. Will Inky, with the help of Rungs, his cybergeek pal, discover the crime in time and save Amanda before the creep ensnares her–or anyone else?
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Feuer expertly leads readers into a deep dive through real and raw issues that young adults face: a parents death, overcoming grief, friendship issues, and Internet security. Although there are heavy concepts throughout the story, the topics are handled in an age appropriate way…. A debut novelist to watch.
Drawing Amanda is such a creative book! It mixes the wonderful elements of a well written story and fantastic illustrations…A big thumbs up and a yes! to Do I recommend this book?
I liked that they went to an international school and the diversity was nice. It was brought into the book realistically and fit well.
There is a bit of mystery, thriller and social issues. One of the main highlights is the level of character diversity displayed in the school setting. Even better is that it is not out of place
This story had me thinking about several episodes of Law & Order: SVU as I was reading. It has that same feel of a story with a dark underbelly, the same creeping ick factor as the truth begins to bob to the surface.
…a contemporary tale about fitting in, growing up and facing your demons….loved how Feuer managed to seamlessly work cultural and religious backgrounds into the story without making it sound contrived.