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Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster (1993)
by Tim Winton
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Nothing's simple for Lockie Leonard. He's only lived in town for a year and his dad's the local police sergeant, two facts that don't win Lockie any popularity contests. Dumped by his popular girlfriend, he's back to being the loneliest kid in town until he makes friends with Geoff Eggleston, or Egg, the weirdest human being Lockie's ever known. Egg is a dark-haired, pimply-faced, very bright "Metal Head" who can't even swim, though their town is right on the Australian coast. By contrast, Lockie is a trim, blond, expert surfer.
Lockie and Egg decide to somehow clean up the town's harbor, partly covered with scum from industrial waste. In the middle of all their planning, Lockie falls in love again, with a girl who turns out to be only eleven. To make it worse, she surfs better than he does, though he's the best in his school. Can a thirteen-year-old surfrat have a headbanger for a best friend, stay in love with an eleven-year-old gremmie, and still save his town from industrial pollution?
Tim Winton is a prize-winning Australion novelist whose The Riders was short-listed for the 1996 Booker Prize. He himself is an, expert surfer. With rich characterization, strong narrative drive, and much humor, Winton has written a contemporary story that reflects the concerns of all teenagers and will reach a wide audience.
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Can thirteen-year-old Lockie stay in love with an eleven-year-old who's a better surfer than he and still save the planet?
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