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Cover for Metamorphosis


Junior Year

Betsy Franco, Tom Franco (Illustrator)


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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.

Candlewick, 9780763637651, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

About the Author

Betsy Franco has written more than thirty books and anthologies for children. She originally wrote Metamorphosis as a collection of poems, which called to mind her son Thomas’s notebook and journal drawings. She lives in California.

Thomas Franco has been a creative artist since the age of thirteen. The drawings in Metamorphosis were created during his high school years and reworked as a series for this book. He lives in California.