By Gary Paulsen
Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780440407829, 160pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 1993
As Rocky learns to respect Mick and his talents, he helps her to develop her own artistic sensibilities.It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. Mick has been commissioned by Rocky's Kansas town to create a memorial to their war dead.
But the townspeople see things in Mick's drawings that they don't want to know or accept about themselves. Can Mick help them accept one monument that will be meaningful to everyone?
"A powerful, affecting story with its comments on art and homage."
--School Library Journal, Starred
"An intriguing, ironic tale, written vividly and with memorable humor."
"In sparse, sensitive, moving prose, Paulsen illuminates a small town and its inhabitants' beautiful and ugly sides to create a tribute to art...a wonderful book that will make you feel special."
--Voice of Youth Advocates