Synopses & Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Gray Fallons life is looking pretty good. His easygoing parents let him entertain his friends in their basement "sweet," complete with TV, video games, and hot tub. A part-time job at the Cineplex; the occasional beer or joint; a smart, funny best friend; a hot new girlfriend things couldnt be better. Then Grays 12-year-old science-nerd sister, Maggie, contracts a rare form of cancer. When he learns the cancer may have environmental origins, Gray sets out to investigate and make Maggie better. While his mother joins his crusade, Grays father, to his sons disgust, only wants to celebrate whats left of his daughters life. Eventually Grays obsessive campaign alienates his friends. When his research indicates silkscreen chemicals may have caused the cancer, his mothers subsequent breakdown and his fathers anger drive him to quit school and seek haven at an organic farm run by an older couple. What will Gray do next? Dede Cranes acute observation of teen bravado, vulnerability, humor, and self-righteousness, coupled with a serious theme handled with sensitivity and directness, makes Poster Boy an unforgettable read.