“A fourteen-year-old boy invents a comic-book fantasy world ruled by a book-dwelling insect named Frankenlouse
I am called Nick. I was fourteen the year of this story, the year that changed my life . . .
Nick Reber is a cadet with cartoonist dreams. Nick’s father, a by-the-books control freak, believes his son’s creative aspirations are a waste of time. As commanding officer of Blister Military Academy, he makes Nick march in step—or else. Nick misses his mother, who ran away, although she promised to one day send for him. As a form of escape, Nick creates a whole world inside his head—a comic strip featuring an insect that lives in the pages of Frankenstein. All the other book lice in the library fear Frankenlouse.”