Ink Me (Seven Series)by Richard Scrimger
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Bunny (real name Bernard) doesn't understand why his late grandfather wants him to get a tattoo. Actually, Bunny doesn't understand a lot of things, so it's good that his older brother, Spencer, is happy to explain things to him. But this is a task Bunny is supposed to do on his own, and nobody is more surprised than Bunny when, after he gets tattooed, he is befriended by a kid named Jaden and adopted into Jaden's gang. The gang hangs out at a gym, where Bunny learns to fight, but when it finally dawns on him that the gang is involved in some pretty shady-and dangerous-business, Bunny is torn between his loyalty to his new friends and doing what he knows is right.
Meet the Author
Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of more than 15 books for children and adults. Richard’s middle-school novel The Nose from Jupiter won the Mr. Christie Award and his books have appeared on lists such as ALA’s Kid's Pick of the List and ALA’s Notable Book List. His books have been translated into Dutch, French, German, Thai, Korean, Portuguese, Slovenian, Italian, and Polish. The father of four children, he has written humorous pieces about his family life for The Globe&Mail and Chatelaine. Visit Richard at www.scrimger.ca.
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Bunny knows when people call him stupid that it's pretty much the truth. But he does ok in the world, and his brother, Spencer, ensures that he doesn't get into too much trouble. When the boys' grandfather dies and assigns each of them to fulfill a task, Bunny doesn't understand why he's supposed to get a tattoo. The ink he gets turns out to have gang affiliations; Bunny doesn't understand this and gets himself into a jam. Told with Bunny's language and spelling as a mentally challenged teen, this story was somewhat difficult to get into and might not hold the interest of young people struggling with reading. But descriptions of gang life will sell this book; the empathy shown to the delightful protagonist by some unlikely characters will pull at your heart.