Drawn by Cecilia Gray

Published by Gray Life, LLC

Publication date: March 12, 2014

Drawn by Cecilia Gray is about a 16-year-old who is still dealing with being a teenager and her unique skill of being able to compel people to speak the truth.

Sasha Tanner has worked for the FBI for the past four years as its human lie detector. When the CIA needs her services, she heads to Brussels as an exchange student and follows leads to track down Kid Aert, a secretive and elusive graffiti artist. The novel progress quickly from the US to Sasha’s assignment in Europe and contains several plot twists as Sasha gets closer to uncovering who Kid Aert is.

Sasha’s character has a lot of potential — her power to make people reveal the truth, coupled with her mysterious origin make for an intriguing protagonist. At first, I didn’t like how parts of her history were told through the use of comic strips, but once I got to know her character more, I became interested in learning about her past. Perhaps switching the comic flashbacks into prose would allow for more insight into her character. By the end of the novel, I felt like I knew aspects of Sasha, but there were many gaps in her characterization and I wanted to know more about her.

This novel would be appropriate for grade 7 or 8 students.