August 8, 2006

The Glass Café by Gary Paulsen

Tony is a gifted artist. His mother, Al, is an ideal parent. She is loving, supportive, yet firm in her relationship with Tony. The only catch is that she is a dancer at an adult club. Tony is given the chance to draw some of the other women that work with his mother. When his art teacher sees the pictures, she deems them so outstanding, she enters them in an art contest. A complaint is filed because the pictures are judged as pornographic. Social Services come to take Tony from his mother...which is where the real story starts. The book is fresh, fun, and takes a serious look at the social service system.
Reed Reads Score: 4

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