Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis Cover

Metamorphosis

Junior Year

By Betsy Franco; Tom Franco (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763637651, 114pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

Description
He's 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.
Life. Love. Death. Identity. Ovid's 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 classmates dramas as modern-day Roman mythology. There's 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 teen's imagination.


About the Author
Betsy Franco is the author of numerous books for children, including "Counting Our Way to the 100th Day!" and "Mathematickles!", both illustrated by Steven Salerno; and "Birdsongs", illustrated by Steve Jenkins. She and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. They have three sons -- two actors and a sculptor. Visit Betsy's website at www.betsyfranco.com.