When your whole world has been reduced to shades of gray, the blooming ruby splashes of blood from your homemade fight club really stand out. A group of teen boys suffer the myriad pains of their fathers' deployment, watching their mothers work extra shifts at local factories and other hardships mount. The boys' world has been shifted by the loss of their childhood and innocence, realizing that every time they click "refresh" on their web browsers the growing silence could mean the worst has happened. Based on the short story by Benjamin Percy, this graphic novel is an important re-telling of deployment's various impacts on youth.
Oak Park Library is currently closed and will re-open on Monday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m.