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The city is cracking down on graffiti and guerilla art, but the Wiz is fighting back by taking on the mayor himself.
Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, 2013
ISBN: 9781459801677
Branch Call Number: Fiction Walters TEEN
Characteristics: 125 p. ; 18 cm


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SPL_Childrens Nov 20, 2014

What is real art and what isn’t? Can some graffiti be considered to be art?

In this story, a spate of clever, elaborate and detailed graffiti and “guerilla art”, signed by “Wiz”, has been appearing throughout the city. Mayor Dumfrey, who portrays himself as a strict “law-and-order” politician (and who is running for re-election), is determined to stamp it out. He considers the street art to be obnoxious vandalism with no artistic merit whatsoever.

Meanwhile, Ian and his friends Julia and Oswald, debate the issue of graffiti as real art. Eventually Oswald is discovered to be the elusive graffiti artist. He reveals that his street art has been a protest against the city’s reduction in hours and staffing at the local art gallery. When the indignant mayor tries to catch Oswald red-handed, his friends and the entire high school come together in a heart-warming show of support for their fellow student, who has impressed them with his talented art and his genuine concern for the future of the city’s art gallery.

An engaging, fast read with a great ending, Tagged focuses on a thought-provoking, relevant issue. Author Eric Walters took his inspiration for this tale from a real street artist in Toronto, “Deadboy”, who became known for his humorous depictions of Mayor Rob Ford (who famously declared “war on graffiti”).

May 01, 2014

Such a great book that helps us as individuals, think not only outside the box but for ourselves as well. I only wish it was longer!

Apr 16, 2014

Very good book about a young graffiti artist. It makes you think outside the box . The likeness of the book's mayor to Toronto Mayor Ford and to the artists Banksy and Deadboy is well done. Subtle but good .


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