Sunday, May 11, 2008

SKETCHES by Eric Walters



The haunting eyes on the cover of SKETCHES will hopefully make readers want to know more. Set in the middle of the homeless community of Toronto, Canada, it is an emotional story about the lives of three street kids.

Dana left home as a last resort. Sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father caused her to act out at home and at school. Unfortunately, her cry for attention and help was ignored by her mother, leaving Dana no choice but to run. On her own in Toronto, she finds life terrifying, but with the help of Brent and Ashley, two other runaways, she is able to survive.

Brent and Ashley each have their own personal demons. Brent escaped to the city to find some answers about his sexuality, and Ashley is fleeing a mother whose life as an exotic dancer doesn't leave room for a teenage daughter. The two use their experience living on the streets to educate Dana on the best ways to find food and shelter and how to avoid being a victim of this harsh life.

Things begin to change when Dana's artistic talent shows through some random graffiti she creates to pass the time. A counselor from a place called Sketches notices her talent and invites her to visit the center. Sketches is an organization designed to offer street kids an outlet for their creative talents, as well as a safe place to work out their problems. Dana and her two new friends find this haven might just give them the tools they need to make something of themselves and their desperate situation.

Eric Walters combines the harsh reality of homeless living with the right amount of hope to create a story sure to be a hit with teens. Sketches is packed with emotion and drama. It's a fast-paced read about teens struggling with serious issues.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

it really is a good book

Anonymous said...

its a good book he should make more................very suspenseful

Anonymous said...

good book

Anonymous said...

yo

Anonymous said...

Wasn't my favorite book to read. I found it to be so boring :(

Anonymous said...

one of my favourite books :D

sportsrule6 said...

it is a good book

Anonymous said...

it is a very good book.

Anonymous said...

loveed it

Anonymous said...

hated this book.

so much.

Before you jump on me for saying so- I actually have a lot of good reasons as to why.
In fact I'm writing an essay on it. :/

Anonymous said...

I think this was a really good book, it touches on the harsh reality of homelessness but at the same time the ending was a little too abrupt and unrealistic, it kind of ruined the whole story.

Anonymous said...

This was a great book it gave me whole bunch of different opinions on street kids ! BUt what I want to know is it a true story ! ?

Readingjunky said...

It is listed as fiction, but you could ask the author Eric Walters if it might be based on real experiences.

RJ

Anonymous said...

This book was very intreging, suspensful and intelligent! Really Impressed!

huffy said...

i thought that this book was awesome but the end kind of ruined it for me because it wasn't really a wonderful fabulous ending :D :S

Anonymous said...

MY FAV BOOK EVAAARR!READ IT! ( BEST BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF BEST BOOKS!) I RECCOMEND SOO MUCH! (:

Natasha Van Maurik said...

I loved the book doing it for a book report it really speaks to me. Its amazing i would definatley read it a second time! <3

Anonymous said...

Not done it yet but so far I really hate it. It's for English and I'm gonna change the novel for a different one to so the project on