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NonFiction:  Graphic Novel, Biography,

True Crime, Memoir

Discover the teenager behind the headlines from someone who knew him in High School.


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Book Group Leader: Brandon Eaton

Goodreads:  3.87 stars

Amazon:      4.4 stars

Ms. Smith’s Review:  5 Stars!!  A wonderful look into a tortured teen and how the early warning signs were missed.  Loved the story and the the graphics are amazing.  

Awards:  Booklist 10 Ten Picks for Teens 2013, Alex Award 2013, Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2013. ALA/YALA Alex Award 2015 (Excellence in Narrative Nonfiction)

National Best Seller

Review:  Goodreads

“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.”