Ink Me is a tragicomedy – it’s funny all right, but a whole lot of things go wrong and the ending isn’t conventionally happy. Bunny (his real name is Bernard but no one calls him that) is a special-needs teen who writes in a wacky phonetic style. Things happen to Bunny kind of by accident. He doesn’t really know what’s going on a lot of the time. Like the other grandsons in the 7 series, Bunny is given a task by his dead grandfather. The task seems simple – get a tattoo. But Bunny’s tattoo leads him quickly into a new life where he has to grow, learn, and make some difficult choices.
“an enjoyable fable of Toronto gang life recorded in believable, phonetically spelled prose... Most intellectually disabled characters in children's fiction are siblings or pals whose treatment by other characters signals their compassion or otherwise. Bunny's a rare hero—not on anyone's journey but his own.” - Kirkus Reviews
Ink Me is part of the “7” series - linked novels featuring boys on missions from their dead grandfather. Eric Walters came up with the idea, and asked 6 of his friends to write stories. 5 of us made a presentation at the OLA Conference this year that had the entire room rolling on the floor. Here we are in a conventional picture ....
... and here we are wearing moustaches to look like Ted Staunton (he’s the guy in the genuine moustache).