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The Astounding Broccoli Boy

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything, but when he inexplicably turns green and finds himself in an experimental hospital ward with his nemesis, school bully Tommy-Lee "Grim" Komissky, everyone is baffled but Rory believes he and Grim have become superheroes. ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Mar 3, 2016 |
I think the real message of this book is that we are all Super in some way. It is a wild and crazy romp with two, then three children who have turned green, as green as broccoli. I would not recommend it as a way to deal with bullies. While the bullying problem does get solved, it doesn't get solved in a way that could be duplicated. I like the fact that the puny guy ends up strong and the big guy is revealed as scared. Fun, funny and astounding adventures. A real page turner. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  njcur | Sep 23, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062400177, Hardcover)

From Frank Cottrell Boyce—the beloved, award-winning, New York Times–bestselling author of Millions and Cosmic—comes another hilarious, heartbreaking, and completely original middle grade novel.

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for anything. That sort of planning pays off when you’re the smallest kid in your class. Rory is even prepared (mostly) for Tommy-Lee, his nemesis, who starts most days by throwing Rory out of the back of the school bus. Don’t be scared, his favorite book says, be prepared. And Rory aims to be. What’s more heroic than that?

But Rory isn’t prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green and finds himself stuck in an experimental hospital ward. The doctors are just as baffled as Rory is, and that’s when he begins to wonder: What if this isn’t caused by his genes, or a virus, or something he ate? What if it’s something even more extraordinary? After all, more than a few superheroes’ careers began when they turned green. Could this be a sign that he’s meant for something greater? Rory is going to find out—and that’s going to start with escaping from the hospital. 

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