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Ehrenhaft, Daniel. Drawing a blank; or how I tried to solve a mystery, end a feud, and land the girl of my dreams.

EHRENHAFT, Daniel. Drawing a blank; or how I tried to solve a mystery, end a feud, and land the girl of my dreams. Trevor Ristow, illus. HarperCollins. 336p. c2006. 0-06-075252-1. $15.99. (Lib. bdg: 0-06-075253-X. $16.89.) JS

Carlton Dunne IV, a geeky, sheltered 17-year-old student at a fancy New England boarding school, would rather draw comics than pay attention in class. In fact, he has his own cartoon strip, Signy the Superbad, loosely based on Norse mythology, in a newspaper. His father is obsessed with an ancient family feud, which Carlton has always discounted, but when Dad is kidnapped, Carlton must race off to Scotland to save him. There he meets a beautiful Scottish girl, a wanna-be cop who promises to help him, and they have all kinds of escapades. At the end, there are several unexpected twist. Narrated by the comically self-deprecating Carlton in brief chapters interspersed with b/w Signy comic strips featuring fantasy versions of what he's going through, this adventure/mystery tale is irritatingly sprinkled with footnotes, but may otherwise amuse readers looking for lighthearted entertainment. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Publication:Kliatt
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2006
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