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Goodreads book description: Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school's battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band "The Stereotypical Freaks" because they feel stereotyped by their classmates - smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.
When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?
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Author Blurb: HOWARD SHAPIRO lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons. The Controller for the Pittsburgh-based Visual Effects firm, Animal Inc., he has also written four children’s books and The Stereotypical Freaks will be his debut Graphic Novel. His 2008 book, Hockey Player for Life, has been the #1 downloaded children’s hockey e-book on Amazon’s Kindle chart since its arrival as an e-book in November of 2011. His, Hockey Days book was the only book featured in the December 2007 Sporting News Annual Gift Guide as a Best Buy Gift for Children. Through a corporate sponsorship program he set up (and maintains), since the 2010-11 season, both of his children’s hockey books have been given to NHL teams (over 2,500 copies to date) for use in their community and educational initiatives. Since 2006 his annual charity raffle, which he matches dollar for dollar donated, has raised funds for several hockey-related charities including the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Hockey Fights Cancer and the Keith and Lisa Primeau Scholarship Fund. For more information, please log on to howardshapiro(dot)net.
20 Questions with Tom, the main character of Stereotypical Freaks
None. My family and I are not really pet people... I personally have never been the same since I saw Charlotte's Web when I was younger. I think I cried for a day straight after I saw it for the first time.
2. Favorite ice cream?
I love coffee ice cream the best. Cookies and cream would be right behind that. Interestingly enough, I don't like to drink coffee, but I love the smell of it. I guess you can tell by these first two questions that I am a little, not a lot, just a little odd!
3. Favorite band?
That's a tough one... wow, if you ask me next week I may say something different then I would right now. Plus, I differentiate between how an act plays in concert and how they sound in the studio. Still, I think I'll go with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band by a little bit over The Who. I could name about ten others that would be close but I won't bore you to death with them.
4. Favorite comic?
Spiderman! I grew up reading any and every Spiderman comic book I could find and watching all of the different Spiderman cartoons that have been on TV. I could always identify with Peter Parker.
5. Favorite subject in school?
I guess it would be Intro To Accounting. I know that sounds weird, but my dad is an Accountant so he helps me out when he is not regaling me with stories about the ins and outs of the business world!
6. Favorite book?
"Catcher in the Rye." Much like I mentioned above how I could relate easily to Peter Parker, I can do the same with Holden Caufield!
7. Favorite TV show?
It's tough again to choose just one. Are we talking old shows or new shows? All time or recent? I would have to say that my all time favorite show is "Batman The Animated Series." My dad and I will watch all of DVD's every now and then and I just love the way it looks and was done.
8. Best friend?
That would be Dan Roberts... I kind of drift back and forth between him and Marcell Bennett but I know Marcell has other friends while I know that I am Dan's ONLY friend in the world.
9. Favorite movie? I'd say "The Natural"... to me its a perfect movie, not just a perfect sports or Baseball movie.
10. Favorite food? Pizza!
11. Favorite beverage?
I'm partial to Mountain Dew... I think I could drink a whole two liter bottle in one sitting!
12. Least favorite thing to do?
I hate cutting the grass! We don't have a huge yard or anything, but its still a hassle. Plus, my dad stands at the window and points out my errors or where I missed a spot.
13. Favorite sport?
Hockey... its fun to play and a lot of fun to watch as well!
14. If you could be a superhero, who would it be?
I'd say... Green Arrow. I know that might be a weird choice but I really like the guy! He doesn't have super powers per se and I always root for the underdog! So, I would be him if given the chance.
15. If you could meet ANYONE, who would it be?
I'd love to meet Bruce Springsteen... just to say thanks for the great music you've provided me and everyone else!
16. Beach or mountains?
How about a mall, ha ha! If you held a gun to my head, I'd say beach just because I'd know that there would be a boardwalk close by selling pizza! The family and I are neither beach nor outdoorsy folks but if pressed I'd say the beach but I wouldn't be happy on it... I sunburn easily!!
17. If you could have only one of your five senses, which would you keep?
I'd say sight... its one thing not be able to hear, believe me when I say that I would like to not hear a bunch of the conversations I hear on a daily basis!
18. Books with pages or e-reader?
I'm old school! I love the tactile experience of holding a book in my hands.
19. What's worse: failing a class or banned from having a band?
Definitely failing a class. Bands can come and go but knowing I'd have to face my mom and dad having failed a class... that would be an ugly conversation!!
20. If you could have a super power (invisibility, super strength, etc), what would it be?
I'd say super speed. That way I could get out of a lot of jams!!
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