DiMartino, Michael Dante Rebel Genius, 364 pgs. Roaring Brook Press, 2016. $16.99 Language – G (0 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – G; Violence – PG.
Giacomo lives by himself in the sewers of Virenzia to escape joining the Supreme Creator’s army and to keep his artwork a secret. But on this night, Giacomo is forced to the surface for more supplies. Giacomo gets the supplies that he needs and barely escapes with his life as he returns to his secret home with a new friend that will change his life forever: his own genius.
Giacomo’s story started out as a tangled web, but I loved the picture it created for me as I continued reading and unravelling it. The world that DiMartino creates is a unique one, and I love his play with the ancient Greek idea of artists having geniuses that would help them create. Also, the drawings by Giacomo that are included might have been my favorite part of reading this book.
MS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen