Skip to Main Content


Illustrated by Kelly Yates

    About The Book

    Locke Vinetti is a high school junior, disenchanted and more than a little hostile. In fact, for years he's had a lousy social life because of a problem he has with his anger--a force he calls "the venom." Ever since he was eight years old and bit off a piece of a classmate's nose, he's been something of a loner. But all that is about to change when he goes out with his one friend, Randall, to meet some of Randall's crew hanging out at Riverside Park. Because in addition to meeting his kindred spirit, Casey--who has his own problems with his own kind of venom--Locke meets the spikey blue fairy-haircut Goth girl of his dreams. And if their relationship is going to work, he knows he has to rid himself of the venom once and for all. Interspersed with comic book adventures of the fantasy anti-hero alter-ego Locke has invented for himself, VENOMOUS is a fast-paced, funny, and ferocious read about one teenage boy's struggle with his inner demons.

    About The Author

    Christopher Krovatin is an author and musician living in New York City.

    About The Illustrator

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 8, 2011)
    • Length: 336 pages
    • ISBN13: 9781442412989
    • Grades: 8 and up
    • Ages: 14 - 99

    Browse Related Books

    Awards and Honors

    • Thumbs Up! Award Top Ten Title (MI)
    • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
    • NYPL Best Books for Teens

    Resources and Downloads

    High Resolution Images