Punkzilla (Paperback)

By Adam Rapp

Candlewick, 9780763652975, 256pp.

Publication Date: December 28, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/12/2009)
Compact Disc (12/28/2010)
Prebound (12/28/2010)
Audio Cassette (1/1/2012)
MP3 CD (9/8/2015)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (12/28/2010)
MP3 CD (12/28/2010)
MP3 CD (12/28/2010)
Compact Disc (12/28/2010)

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"Rapp’s road trip is populated with good souls who, despite their circumstances, make sacrifices to help. . . . Devastating stuff, but breathtaking, too." — Booklist (starred review)

For the runaway Punkzilla, kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Oregon is a prelude to reconnecting with his older brother, who is dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the fourteen-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous cast of characters. And in letters to his sibling, crackling with visceral details and dark humor, he catalogs them all. With each interstate exit his journey grows more urgent: will he make it to Tennessee in time? This daring novel offers a narrative worthy of Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.

About the Author

Adam Rapp is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults, including Under the Wolf, Under the Dog, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, and 33 Snowfish, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (Top Ten Pick). He is also an accomplished playwright and screenwriter. He lives in New York City.

Praise For Punkzilla

Beneath a surface of disease, despair, and disfigurements, Rapp’s road trip is populated with good souls who, despite their circumstances, make significant sacrifices to help Punkzilla…This is devastating stuff, but breathtaking, too.
—Booklist (starred review)