Saturday, 5 July 2008

Children's Fiction

Finished July 5
Exploits of a Reluctant (but extremely goodlooking) Hero by Maureen Fergus
This book centers on a grade 7 boy, who would rather eat fried chicken and candy than his mother's cooking, and would rather read Playboy than do his homework. He has a strong sense that the world should revolve around him and gets put out when that doesn't happen. His teachers send him to a counsellor for inappropriate acts and talk at school, but that doesn't stop him. His parents make him get a paper route and volunteer at a soup kitchen, but he still keeps the attitude. It is only when the soup kitchen is faced with losing their funding and he sees how that really affects the lives of those who depend on it, that he is forced to see beyond his own needs and realize the big picture.
A great book for boys in late elementary and middle school, it has all the humour that they enjoy as well as a real story about the world we live in.

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