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Maureen Fergus. Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Good-Looking) Hero
Kids Can Press  $19.95  ISBN 978-1-55453-024-3  215 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

Ah, freedom! Two weeks unburdened by the demands of the public education system. Iím going to lie around the house, eat large amounts of junk food and watch as much television as humanly possible. I will be short-tempered and cranky on account of my lack of activity and excessively high blood sugar.

No lies, he is a brat, and a spoiled one at that. This thirteen-year-old boy cannot seem to get a grip on anything that is going on around him. The only thing that should make him worry is the well being of him or his food supply. He doesnít care about the homeless and he doesnít care about starving families. They arenít his problem, so why should he care?

I will be honest I did not like this book very much until I reached the last few chapters in it. The ending made all the difference. The last bit of the book expressed an issue that plenty of teenagers have today. They just donít care. All they want is more for themselves and that is all they Ďcareí about. This book has the potential to change quite a few youthful minds.

The novel is witty and good-humoured and gets the message across very clearly. I thought that the novel lacked a certain plot, up until the last fifty pages or so. But after that it was a transformed story. It goes from one point of view to another and snatches the reader back into the story just in the nick of time.

I would recommend this novel for people thirteen years old and up. It is only one book, but it holds a strong message. It does contain some mature content and some mild language.

I give Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Good-Looking) Hero five heroic stars!


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