Rex Zero, the Great Pretender

Rex Zero, the Great Pretender

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Commended, Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books: Historical Fiction

It's September 1963 when Rex is blindsided by some unexpected news. His family is moving again -- just to the other side of the city, as it turns out, but it might as well be the other side of the moon as far as Rex is concerned. In desperation, he secretly starts taking public transit back to his old school -- a plan that works just fine until he runs out of money.

When his sister Annie catches him stealing change from his mum's purse, sisterly blackmail becomes another problem. Not only that, but Rex has got on the bad side of Spew, the hockey thug bully from his old school, and Spew and his sidekicks Puke and Dribble are out to get Rex -- and they know where he lives. Rex ends up using his wits and lively imagination to get himself out of his pickle, with some sobering and surprising consequences.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780888999467
Characteristics: 224 p. ;,22 cm.


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Aug 05, 2018

I am an adult reader, and I enjoy the Rex Zero books. This was also a fun, easy read depicting family dynamics within an interesting story of a boy’s struggle with constantly changing schools and having to make new friends because his family is frequently moving. He gets creative with this challenge while also dealing with a bully.

Dec 15, 2011

This book is a great book that has everything a great book needs: humor, suspense, mystery, and a kind of thing that pulls you right into it and makes it hard to drop because the pictures are so vivid in your head and makes it easier to visualize everything.

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