Book Title: Drawn by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 239 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Published: June 2015
Available in: eBook (mobi, ePub and PDF)
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: June 1 to 19, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 (Limited profanity, mild violence, not graphic or gory)
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.
After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.
To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.
If he fails… they both die.
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Meet the Author: Represented by Ella Kennen, Corvisiero Literary Agency.Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a character in a book? Literally?
Cameron, your typical geekish teenage boy, is an aspiring artist. His mentor, 80 year old Mr. Cassisi, encourages Cameron to pursue his dream of not only becoming an artist but to pursue the girl he loves. Upon Cassisi’s death, Cameron receives a leather bound sketch book with strict instructions to “draw things” and not “people”.
Cameron is feeling dejected because Farrah, a girl he has a crush on in his journalism class doesn’t want him as a boyfriend. He feels that, if he can’t be with her, then the next best thing would be to draw her in his new sketchbook. What he doesn’t expect to see is “Farrah’s” image start to move and come to life on the very pages he just sketched. The story becomes more complicated when another girl, who Cameron hasn’t sketched also turns up next to “Farrah” or “Echo” as Cameron calls her and tells him that Echo is in danger unless he joins them in the book.
The plot is fairly action packed with unexpected plots and twists. The storyline does drag a bit every now and then but the action does pick up with the addition of new, unexpected characters. The characters were believable and the ending is quite exciting!
This book would be great for both teen boys and girls as Cameron’s love of gaming is featured throughout. A fun read!