Rex Zero and the End of the World
By Tim Wynne-Jones
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374334673, 192pp.)
Publication Date: February 20, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Why does everyone seem so scared? That’s what the new boy in town, Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero, wonders as he rides his bike through Ottawa’s streets. Is it spies? Kidnappers? Or is it because of the shadowy creature some say is stalking Adams Park? One thing is certain in this summer of 1962 as the Cold War heats up: nothing is quite what it seems. What’s a boy to do? If his name is Rex Zero and he has a bike he calls “Diablo,” five wild and funny siblings, an alpha dog named Kincho, a basement bomb shelter built of old Punch magazines, and a mind that turns everything inside out, he’s bound to come up with an amazing idea.
With its mystery, adventure, laugh-out-loud scenes of family chaos, and underlying message of hope, this wonderfully original novel explores the impact of doomsday on the imagination of one smart and funny twelve-year-old boy. And more Rex Zero adventures are promised! Rex Zero and the End of the World is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
TIM WYNNE-JONES is one of Canada's premier children's authors. His most recent novel, A Thief in the House of Memory, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice. He lives near Perth, Ontario.
"Brilliant in its near stream-of-consciousness depiction of the world as Rex sees it . . . The meticulous plotting sets the enormity of world destruction against the equally cataclysmic concerns of childhood. It's a historic narrative that resonates eerily and effectively today." -Starred, The Horn Book "Wynne-Jones writes with a light, often humorous touch and maintains a perspective true to an 11-year-old's perspective. This winning hero paints a universe both hopeful and realistic, one that readers may well want to visit."--Starred, Publishers Weekly "Delightfully nerve-wracking, eccentric and optimistic." --Kirkus Reviews "The sense of looming doomsday will hold readers, as will the timeless drama of moving and trying to fit in." -Booklist "A fast-moving, quirky romp through apocalyptic anxiety." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Eccentric and charming." --VOYA "An unusual and appealing title." --School Library Journal, May 2007