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Pitch black : don't be skerd
Adult Nonfiction HV4506.N7 Y68 2008

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"Just cause you can't see, don't mean ain't nothing there" could be as true for this graphic novel as it is for Horton's philosophy. Many lives of rejection, despair, survival, and hope live underground beneath the drawings just as Horton lived underground in New York subway tunnels. Landowne was admiring some graffiti and waiting for the Seventh Avenue line when Horton opened a conversation. When the train came, they rode up and downtown a few times, telling stories and swapping art. Horton lived "six stories below the city" and took Landowne down for a tour. This spare but rich gray-and-black graphic novel about his life draws on both of their words and art. Growing up rejected by parents and then foster care, Horton ended up on the streets and then in the hell of the city's shelters. Eventually, he escaped into the subway tunnels and found mentors and a life where "anything you need can be found in the garbage," but where rats, safety, and staying dry are daily concerns. We want to know more about Horton, but like peering down a dark tunnel, we only catch glimpses. How did he learn to read and draw? What art did he first show Landowne? Landowne wrote previously about street children in Selavi, That Is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope. For academic and high school libraries, and teen as well as adult collections in public libraries.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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