Genre: Upper Middle Grade – Contemporary
When 14 year-old artist Inky Kahn picks the new girl as his secret muse, he never imagines his drawings of her will be used by a predatory game developer to ensnare her.
Inky Kahn is stuck in a deep purple funk of extended grief over his father's death, and doomed to another year in his demanding prep school. His geeky Buddhist friend Rungs steers him to a computer game in development, thinking it will help Inky get past his heartache, and showcase his drawings. The boys’ cyber-sleuthing leads them to discover that their new classmate, Amanda, has made a date with the game developer – a convicted child molester - apparently thinking he’s Inky because of the drawings. Equipped with spy gear from Rungs’ intelligence-officer father, a provocative drawing by Inky, and Amanda’s newfound inner courage, they trap the creep and in the process transcend their adolescent isolation and cement their friendships.