Adrian Piper is no hero. As an aspiring graphic novel writer and illustrator, he wishes he could be, but in his Texas town, he’s better off trying to blend in than standing out. Then he and his friends witness an openly-gay student at their school get beaten up by the Sheriff’s son in the parking lot outside a coffee shop. Although a lot of people see exactly what happened, Adrian is the only one willing to call it what it is: a hate crime. Despite repeated pressure at his school, from the police, and even his peers, he refuses to back down. Perhaps Adrian Piper is a hero. Does that mean he will get the boy? Illustrated.
~ Eight Cousins— From Holiday Picks 2016
After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author. Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but at his Texas high school those traits would only bring him the worst kind of attention. In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance-art-inspired superhero, Graphite. But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it's time to not be so invisible after all--no matter how dangerous the risk.