Thats the short story from Isamu Fukui, the 17-year-old author of Truancy (TOR), a science-fiction novel set in a dark, sadistic school in the future.
Fukui wrote the sci-fi saga when he was only 15, and says, In those years I wasnt a model student, lets just say that. I never sought to start a fight, but Id definitely stand up for what was right.
To escape his teachers tyranny, Fukui began jotting notes about his school which he says felt like a prison and the summer after ninth grade, he wrote the entire novel in a month.
He says, Everyone doodles when they get bored. This was my doodling, this was my escape.
And while Fukui can now roam the halls as an accomplished author, he hasnt let the book go to his head.
Fukui says, I never brag about it, that just makes you look like an a■■hole. I live a very normal school life.
Truancy hits shelves March 4.
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