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Harry N. Abrams

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer

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The bone-chilling graphic novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer.

2013 ALA/YALSA Alex Award
2014 Revelation Award at Angoulême
2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award (Excellence in Narrative Nonfiction)

Named a BEST OF 2012 by Time, The Village Voice, A.V. Club, comiXology, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, MTV Geek, and more!

You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer--the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper--seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, "Jeff" was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche--a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

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Author: Derf Backderf
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: 03/01/2012
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.29lbs
Size: 9.25h x 6.04w x 0.85d
ISBN: 9781419702174

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.6
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 157427 / My Friend Dahmer

Review Citation(s):
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2012
Booklist 03/15/2012 pg. 37
Voice of Youth Advocates 04/01/2012 pg. 86 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Library Journal 05/15/2012

About the Author
Derf Backderf has been nominated for two Eisner Awards and has received a host of honors, including the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for political cartooning. His weekly comic strip, The City, has appeared in more than 100 newspapers over the past 22 years. Backderf lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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