Illustrator: Dave McKean
When Blue Baker's father dies, Blue begins writing stories about a wild, vicious boy he calls the savage. "When I drew him and wrote about him, I could see him, I could hear him, I could smell him. Sometimes it was nearly like I was him and he was me." The stories make Blue feel better, especially when he writes about the savage threatening Hopper, a local bully-but then Blue realizes that the savage has come to life. Full-color art done in ink and Adobe Photoshop.
JLG Release: Jan 2009
Awards & Honors
2009 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Junior Library Guild
Blue does not completely abandon himself to his fantasies of wildness and violence, however. He imagines the savage sneaking into Hopper’s bedroom with a knife, but Blue makes the savage step back from the abyss—the savage doesn’t kill Hopper, only punches him. When Blue goes to school and sees Hopper’s black eye, he realizes that the savage has come to life. Knowing that he must finally confront his doppelganger face-to-face, Blue comes to understand that there are aspects of himself that he must acknowledge, as well as control.
6 3/8" x 8 3/16"
Level 4.6; Points: 1;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.5; Points: 5;