Bingo Book # 21

Bingo Book #21 is Happyface by Stephen Emond. Steve shared his creative space with us on April 19 (and labeled his photos, which I loved. Check it out–there’s funny stuff there!) Happyface is his debut young adult novel published in March of this year by Little, Brown. Happyface is told through the journal of an artistic, shy, funny teenager. His writing and drawings combine to narrate the events of his sophomore year which begins with him pining for a girl, worrying about his parents arguing, and wishing he was more like his older brother until about 30 pages in, on a nearly blank page, all he writes is: “Today is the day the world changed, and that is all I will say because I don’t ever want to think of it again.” The story shifts completely from there–the art, the tone, the character’s circumstances–as the narrator resolves to put on a happy face and adopt a new persona to push himself past the painful events that have happened which are slowly revealed throughout the book. To learn more about Stephen Emond and his work, click on his interview or visit his website.

5 Responses to “Bingo Book # 21”

  1. Jenn (From the Mixed-Up Files)

    Congratulations, Susan!!! Our first Bingo! And how appropriate that it was for a Happyface post.

    I'll be sending you an email so I can get your prize selection and contact info for mailing. Congrats again!