May 2, 2013

Rex Zero - quite a hero

Rex Zero, King of Nothing
by Tim Wynne-Jones

Rex Zero and his friends are back! You don't need to have read the previous book to enjoy this one, which is actually superior. This time, Rex has a few more things to figure out. Like, why does his father hide letters written in German? How can his class deal with their scary, bullying new teacher? And how can he help his friend Kathy from getting a stepfather? These problems seem serious until Rex finds an old address book. In trying to track down its owner, Rex meets the beautiful Natasha. Entranced by her vulnerability, Rex wishes he could be a hero and save her from an abusive husband.

Moments of hilarity take the sting out of these situations, which all come to wonderfully satisfying conclusions. Highly recommended.

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