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A 14-year-old boy invents a comicbook fantasy world ruled by a bookdwelling insect named Frankenlouse.

I am called Nick. I was 14 the year of this story, the year that changed my life....

Nick Reber is a cadet with cartoonist dreams. Nick's father, a by-the-books control freak, believes his son's creative aspirations are a waste of time. As commanding officer of Blister Military Academy, he makes Nick march in step - or else. Nick misses his mother, who ran away, although she promised to one day send for him. As a form of escape, Nick creates a whole world inside his head - a comic strip featuring an insect that lives in the pages of Frankenstein. All the other book lice in the library fear Frankenlouse.

But just like Nick, Frankenlouse feels trapped. He wants out of his book, just like Nick wants to escape - until a life-changing decision puts Nick on a collision course with his father.

Narrated in Nick's distinctive voice,Frankenlouse is about finding your authentic self. It's a story of friendship, growing up, and the complicated bond between fathers and sons.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Used availability for M E Kerr's Frankenlouse

Hardback Editions

October 1994 : USA Library Binding

Title: Frankenlouse
Author(s): Mary James
ISBN: 0-590-46528-7 / 978-0-590-46528-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA MP3 CD

Title: Frankenlouse
Author(s): M E Kerr
ISBN: 1-5366-4138-3 / 978-1-5366-4138-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Availability: Amazon AU   

October 2014 : USA Audio edition

Title: Frankenlouse
Author(s): M E Kerr
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon