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. Volume XVI Number 3. . . .September 18, 2009
Rex and his band of brothers and sisters are at it again in Rex Zero: The Great Pretender. It is now 1963, and Rex is about to start Grade 7 at Hopewell School when he discovers his large family is moving to the other side of the city and he must attend a new school. Fed up with constant relocation and the loss of friends that always occurs in such a shuffle, Rex and his crew come up with a cunning plan for him to attend his old school unbeknownst to his parents. But while Rex is quite a crafty child, it’s not long before the jig is up and Rex is enrolled at the proper school. In the process, he becomes a minor celebrity when interviewed by the Ottawa Citizen for his stance against The Powers That Be.
Other action ensues such as the continued rivalry between Rex and the school bully Stewart “Spew” Lessieur, his sister Annie Oakley’s itching powder revenge against the popular girls at school, and a growing romantic interest in Polly Goldstein. I was worried that at the third installment of Rex Zero, Wynne-Jones might be running out of ideas, but these characters still have plenty of life left in them, and I appreciated learning a little more about the mother’s story. With eight kids and counting, she is pregnant again at 43 and suffers a miscarriage. It is apparent that, while she loves her children, she is understandably a bit fed up with life.
Jen Waters is the Teen Services Librarian at the Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, AB.
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