Brilliantly written, darkly humorous, and original, The Book of Danzel is a must read…
Depicting the first of four marking periods at Anchor Academy, the provocative and timely “The Book of Danzel” explores the underlying vulnerabilities of teenagers in a disorganized school system. Written as a blend of first-person narrative, third-person omniscient, and letters to dear America, the book explores both — a teenager’s confronting emotions and his search for self at a navy-themed charter school — and a first-year teacher’s confrontations with a displaced school management and her attempts at fitting in. As if the random shooting at Anchor Academy, the navy-themed charter school at the heart of city, was not enough to make already tense environment almost unbearable, the arrival of upcoming November 2016 elections adds fuel to the fire. Chana, a first-year English teacher, finds herself at loggerheads with the administration along with her colleagues after students’ confronting political beliefs seem to rub the administration wrong way. Danzel, a returning junior, manages to find a brilliant solution to his problems after dodging two years of wrath at the hands of Admiral and the MPs, but another problem arrives and it’s time for Danzel to face his opposition head on. Lipps’ characterization is one of his strong points. All his characters are multi-dimensional. He brilliantly explores Danzel’s gradually intense feelings of discontentment with strict military disciplined environment in the school. Danzel’s voice is strong and grabs the reader’s attention right from the beginning. The other teenagers are equally convincing as Lipps skillfully captures their hidden insecurities, underlying anger, conflicting emotions, and vulnerability. Chana and her crew of first-year teachers are definite crowd-pleasers. Their conversations serve up laughs to the accompanied intriguing prose. Admiral is hateful and realistic to the core: readers will root for anyone who has to suffer Admiral’s wrath. Lipps writes with flair of a veteran author. The even-paced narrative brim with wry humor and underlying intrigue. Original and relevant, the novel is an authentic depiction of today’s teenagers with conflicted emotions and explores the issues like casual racism, culture wars, school shootings, and a disordered political system. The open ending finale will leave the reader wait eagerly for the next installment featuring the endearing characters of Anchor Academy. Evocative prose, a horde of multi-dimensional characters, and a relevant, intriguing theme keep the pages of this stunning literary fiction turning.
The Book of Danzel: First Quarter
by T.K. Lipps
PUB DATE March 25, 2019
PRICE $12.99 (USD)