Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152163556, 272pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2002
Charles Weston won't play games. Even as a child he refused to play the schoolroom game of Simon Says. Not for fun, and not in life. Now an aspiring young artist, Charles enrolls in a private arts high school, not because he thinks he can learn anything from the teachers but because he wants to meet the "famous" Graeme Brandt, a student whose recently published novel touches a chord deep within him. Perhaps at last Charles will share his art with someone.
But Graeme Brandt is not at all what Charles expected, and soon the talented artist and the published author are drawn into a clash of wills that threatens to destroy them both.
Edgar Award-winning author Elaine Marie Alphin is back with a stunning story about life, art, and the pursuit of true self-expression.
ELAINE MARIE ALPHIN is the author of Counterfeit Son, which received the 2001 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. She lives in Indiana.