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The Motherless Oven Paperback – October 21, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—In a bizarre, topsy-turvy world where children make parents, and knives rain from the sky, Scarper Lee's deathday looms before him like a ticking time bomb. The teen has resolved himself to his fate—even if his hairdryer mother and makeshift wind-powered brass sculpture father haven't quite yet—when new girl Vera Pike arrives and throws a wrench into the status quo. When his father disappears (though he's usually chained in the shed), Scarper, Vera, and new friend Castro Smith (a boy who speaks in lucid riddles and has a knack for repairing kitchen gods) escape their daily routine to find him. During their journey, they face a field of abandoned mother creatures, a gaggle of elderly police officers, and their own mortality. In an Odyssey-like quest, the trio searches for the fabled Motherless Oven, where humans were supposedly first fashioned, and hopefully the answer to all of their prayers. Heady topics such as existentialism, destiny, religion, and love make this a quirky title rife for discussion. Davis's dark and shadow-filled art appropriately mindbends and illuminates the text. The variation in panels quickens and pulls back the pace in this enigmatic tale, with the right amount of imagery left open for interpretation. For fans of Farel Dalrymple's The Wrenchies (First Second), David Almond's novels, and teens who enjoy graphic novels that are disturbing and beautiful all at once.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal
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This book tells the story of Scarper Lee a boy with three weeks left to live who is just living life as normal and basically waiting to die. Until one day Vera Pike shows up at his school.Vera a mischievous little she devil full of attitude and rebellion who takes over Scarper's life and takes him along with a new friend castro smith who has medicated inference syndrome(which means he is too smart and can perceive too much so he has an implant to dial him down and dumb him down to every one else's level). Together they runaway from school and home in search of answers and a way to save scarper.
This is a Graphic Novel that needs to be read it deserves greatness. I put this on par with the best of the best I have read. It's along side the amazing works of paul pope, enki bilal and brian wood. I hope to see a lot more from it's writer/artist Rob Davis his is a talent brimming with potential and incredible imagination.Please Read this book
There is moment to moment meaning, which I enjoyed, but at this stage I'm not sure I see the big picture behind the theme and everything. The book ends on a major cliffhanger, so I guess it's on to the sequel for (hopefully) more answers.
I really don't know what more to say without spoiling. The art is dark and brooding, like Scarper's own personality, and it doesn't change, because this is not a happy book. If you're down already, don't read it. But it's a unique, amazing little world with a trio of fascinating characters - Scarper, Vera, and their new friend Castro Smith (a POC character with a disability.)