Heart Transplant

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School bullying is universally decried, bemoaned, and condemned. Newspapers, magazines, television, and movies all reflect the ugly truth ... bullying is not only on the rise, but becoming more dangerous every day. Whether it's a teenager committing suicide as a result of a Facebook posting or a group of schoolchildren taunting another autistic child and filming it for the "entertainment" of others, the longest-lasting, deepest-scarring impact of bullying is emotional, not physical. Failure to understand this has...

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Overview

School bullying is universally decried, bemoaned, and condemned. Newspapers, magazines, television, and movies all reflect the ugly truth ... bullying is not only on the rise, but becoming more dangerous every day. Whether it's a teenager committing suicide as a result of a Facebook posting or a group of schoolchildren taunting another autistic child and filming it for the "entertainment" of others, the longest-lasting, deepest-scarring impact of bullying is emotional, not physical. Failure to understand this has handicapped an already-insipid series of failed "solutions."

Heart Transplant is aimed at actually *changing* the way we deal with perhaps the most critical issue for children and parents alike today. To accomplish this mission, an entirely new medium was created. Neither a graphic novel nor a self-help book, it uses elements of both to deconstruct bullying, and to offer both teens and their parents the true "facts of life."

Nine-year-old Sean's only experience with parenting was the series of men his alcoholic mother made him call "Daddy." He knows he doesn't belong ... anywhere. And never will. He sees himself as others see him: Outsider.

When Sean comes home from school one day, he opens the door to a pair of corpses — his latest "father's" attempt at dope-dealing ended badly. The police arrive, the bodies are bagged, and the "Welfare lady" is telling Sean how much he's going to love his new foster home when an older man suddenly crosses the threshold. He tells the social worker that he's the father of the dead man, so that makes him responsible for his "grandson." And he offers Sean a choice: come and live with him, or take his chances with foster care.

Life with the man Sean comes to call "Pop" is Paradise compared to the past. A brilliant and hardworking student, Sean finally has someone to show his report card to ... and he listens to Pop harder than he ever did to a teacher. Still an Outsider, yes, but now there's one place on earth where he knows he's always welcome. And always safe.

But puberty brings Sean into a new world; a world where he is bullied every day ... a world where his status as "Outsider" is confirmed in endlessly cruel ways. He never complains, but Pop quickly discovers the truth. When Sean protests that "It didn't hurt." his real father responds that he knows that's a lie ... because when his son is hurt, he hurts, too. This is Sean's first experience with empathy, and his first understanding of emotional abuse.

His understanding of bullying comes later ... when Pop shows him not only its true roots, but its antidote. Pop gives his son what he needs most: A heart transplant. It is not until after Pop's death that Sean learns the special sacrifice his father had made to give him that transplant, and that final understanding is Sean's ultimate legacy.

Timely and confrontational, HEART TRANSPLANT is the gripping story of young boy's transformation from bullied "outsider" to true manhood. The universality of this work is such that what Sean learns is communicated to bullied children and their parent(s) alike. It speaks with a truth that cannot be denied, but also with a response that can be replicated.

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VOYA - C.J. Bott
The first part of this book is the fictional story of Sean—small but overweight; smart but not resourceful; resigned to unhappiness with an insecure, alcoholic mother and her string of abusive, drunk boyfriends she insists be called "Daddy." When she and her lover are murdered, Sean gets a life-saving break, the latest daddy's own father steps in and offers to be his grandfather. Pop also teaches him what to value and what to defend. With Vachss's words and Caruso's bold pencil illustrations, Sean's story captures the reader, but it is just one scenario of bullying. In the second part of the book, "The Rules of Engagement," Mucha, a social worker, writes from experience about dealing with both bullies and targets. Defining a bully as "a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimate those who are weaker," Mucha, to his credit, does not just apply that to teens but also to adults. His discussion has a broader application; he talks about bullies and victims without identifying a particular age group and dispels the myths that no longer apply. This combination of three artists' works presents a book that will work with teens, adults, bullies, and targets. Bullying is about power through strength, money, age, and/or popularity and social standing. It can happen in middle school, the neighborhood, or the business world. It relates to any of the many ways people judge each other. Bullying is about those who "have" over those who do not. Heart Transplant is an excellent and involving resource about bullying. Reviewer: C.J. Bott
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595825759
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 13.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Vachss is an attorney whose only clients are children. He's also the author of more than two dozen novels (including the Burke series), a long list of non-fiction pieces, and Another Chance to Get It Right: A Children's Book For Adults. It was in that book that Dark Horse published one of Vachss' first collaborations with Frank Caruso, an award-winning creator and illustrator, and the Art Director for King Features Syndicate. The piece is an example of the "triptych haiku" they developed, a three-panel illustration which has proven unparalleled in its ability to communicate. Their success in that collaboration led them to develop Heart Transplant, a book that attempts the same kind of communication in order to achieve its goal: to reset the cultural software so that people change the way they think about bullying.

Frank Caruso, an award-winning creator, illustrator, and Art Director for King Features Syndicate, has developed a style that speaks to all ages. Together with Andrew Vachss, he created the "triptych haiku," a three-panel illustration which has proven unparalleled in its ability to communicate. Their success in that collaboration led them to develop Heart Transplant, a book that attempts the same kind of communication in order to achieve its goal: to reset the cultural software so that people change the way they think about bullying.

Clinical social worker Zak Mucha offers the anchoring non-fiction essay, explaining in detail what the reader has just experienced.

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