By The Hate-Mongering Tart

Lately, every time I turn around, someone is talking about this graphic novel. And now I know why: It’s brilliant. The juxtaposition of a little boy who gets picked on in a group home for having a teddy bear and the “tough shorty” who kills Shavon in a botched gang shooting is flooring. G. Neri’s words are economically chosen; Roger’s voice true to his setting and time yet universal. Randy DuBurke’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment, both beautiful and jarring. –The Hate-Mongering Tart