A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie
By Matt Blackstone
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374364212, 256pp.)
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
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Rene, an obsessive-compulsive fourteen year old, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he’s nervous. If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle when the time adds up to thirteen (7:42 is bad luck because 7 + 4 + 2 = 13), or washes his body parts in the wrong order, Rene or someone close to him will break a bone, contract a deadly virus, and/or die a slow and painful death like someone in a scary scene in scary movie. Rene’s new and only friend tutors him in the art of playing it cool, but that’s not as easy as Gio makes it sound.
Matt Blackstone joined Teach for America after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, and presently teaches high school English in the South Bronx. He lives in New York City.
“Blackstone shows real insight into the thoughts of a teen with obsessive-compulsive disorder.” --VOYA “…Blackstone keeps things fresh with insight and wit.” --Booklist "Quirky and surprisingly upbeat, it’s Rene’s voice laughing at himself and yet taking his needs seriously that will lure readers into his head and into his heart.” --SLJ
“Debut author Matt Blackstone reveals a true talent for creating quirky characters and using humor to tell the story of Rene's battle against OCD and the turmoil of his dysfunctional family. Teen readers will easily relate to Rene's struggles and to the rest of this colorful cast of characters.” –TeensReadToo.com
“Blackstone makes a bold and idiosyncratic debut with this boisterous novel about a 14-year-old boy with obsessive-compulsive disorder.” -Publishers Weekly