GRAFFITI WAS HIS LIFE -- AND SOUL (Theatre/Screenplay Version)
About the Book
"I love using Reader's Theatre in my classroom," . . . "When will they make a movie out of your books?" . . . "I love performing arts!" Comments such as these from loyal fans and teachers motivated Mary A. Monroe to write a Theatre/Screenplay version of her popular teen novel, Tagger. Now Luis and his friends, including The Beast, Grill, Loco, Catfish, The Princess and more, come to life in this easy-to-read and easy-to-act-out version of the original novel. Tagger is the story of Freshman Luis Arteaga, 14, who can't stay awake in class at Sunrise High School because he's up most nights until early morning working on graffiti drawings for his Black Book. Once Luis teams up with a crew called Skillz, headed by The Beast and Grill, his life gets more and more out of control until he's forced to move to his dad's home in a small midwestern river town called Cave-in-Rock, rich in mystery and heritage. Luis feels he is being called to the cave to do something -- but what? This is Luis' fascinating play, inspired by true events. Now theatre students in middle and high schools can share this exciting story with viewers across America. As well, since Cave-in-Rock has been the unforgettable setting for major motion pictures in the past such as "How the West Was Won," isn't it time for a new hit teen motion picture -- Tagger -- to premiere in film? The undeniable answer is "Yes!"
About the Author
“Teens love this book,” ... “I was pleasantly surprised to see the book fly through the classroom,” -- these are just a few of the many comments teachers have said about Mary A. Monroe’s trilogy of novels for middle and high school students. Her titles include Miracle at Monty Middle School (also available in Spanish as Milagro en la Escuela Monty), Krazy White Girl, Tagger, and now, by popular demand from readers' comments such as, "When will your books be made into movies?" the Theatre/Screenplay version of Tagger! Tagger is inspired by the true story of one of Monroe’s former students whose story just had to be told; he had been hopelessly addicted to graffiti art at age 14, staying out on the streets until early morning. Graffiti was his life, until it jeopardized everything he wanted, including his high school diploma. Recently named Teacher of the Year for Palm Beach County, Florida, Mary Monroe writes about topics that happen in real life to her students – family problems, addictions, abuse – as well as things that are important to young adults – setting and reaching dreams and goals, making friends, having that first crush – and just keeping it real. Ms. Monroe also appeals to teachers by having complete unit questions, activities and reading counts quizzes available free on her website. She is a former freelance writer and advertising copywriter, who currently teaches English at a public high school in South Florida, where she resides with her husband and three children. She is a National Board Certified teacher and has a Masters in Education, Reading. Her goal is to entertain and inspire her readers to get hooked on reading! For more information on ordering her books, and free teacher study guides, visit her web site at www.marymonroebooks.com