In chapters 5 – 7, the story picks up where the last portion of the book left off. The boys are living large and looking forward to the battle of the bands. Tom and Dan have taken matters into their own hands and have started looking around for recruits to fill up the other empty spaces in the band itself. The task at hand isn’t easy, but they’ve hope all will come together before the contest’s deadline.
Achieving a portion of their goals, the boys begin their transition as a band with the help of Mark and Chris. Things are going dandy and the boys are enjoying their time together to the full extent. Yet there’s a mystery surrounding Mark that Tom can’t quite put his finger on.
As curiosity gets the better of Tom, he’s sets off to find Mark in hopes of finding out just what’s wrong with him. What he discovers shakes his entire world to the very core. Indecisions and doubts abound and he soon starts seeing things in a different light. Yet one thing is he sure of, sometimes it takes someone else to show us the true meaning of just how precious life can be.
This next installment of the story was quite heart-felt. I think anyone can relate to the situations the boys find themselves in. Diversity is never easy, but sometimes there’s a silver lining behind every cloud. Howard has show us that within the comic he’s created.
The unique illustrations and the storyline itself show the careful thought and planning that’s gone into its creation. The story hooks the reader in completely and leaves us wanting to read more. I look forward to reading more of the comic/story soon. Kudos to such a unique read!
Synopsis: The story is about four disparate high school seniors who come together to compete in their school’s battle of the bands.
Winning the competition takes on more if a meaning to the band, dubbed “The Stereotypical Freaks” (because the members feel they are stereotyped by their classmates – smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo, when in fact they are much more then that) when one member reveals some life altering news.
The story centers on the battle of the bands but the main themes of it are that of friendship and dealing with a loss.
About The Author:
Howard Shapiro is a married father of two, twelve year old sons and lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
He is an Accountant by trade, but has always enjoyed writing. Six years ago, he put out a self published book named “Hanukkah Counts Too!” From there, he’s published three more kids books, (“Destructo Boy and Spillerella”, “Hockey Days”, and “Hockey Player For Life.”)
His graphic novel,”The Stereotypical Freaks” is his first “traditionally” published book. It will be published by Sea Lion Books in August 2012.
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