Told in a series of letters, Punkzilla follows the exploits of fourteen-year-old Jamie, who is taking buses and hitchhiking from Portland, Oregon to Memphis, Tennessee to visit his terminally ill brother. Along the way he meets a series of bizarre characters, some of whom want to help him and some who would rather take advantage of Jamie’s youth and vulnerability out on the road. He even ends up taking a trip to Santa’s Village in nearby East Dundee with a troubled woman. Jamie also recounts the unpleasant experiences he was subjected to at a military academy and how he went AWOL from there. This edgy novel is not for the faint of heart but is sure to keep adventurous readers turning pages.

John

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