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Pool Boy (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Michael Simmons

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Member:benfulton
Title:Pool Boy
Authors:Michael Simmons
Info:Point (2005), Paperback, 176 pages
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Pool Boy (Readers Circle) by Michael Simmons (2003)

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    The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (benfulton)
    benfulton: Thief Lord is the better book, but Pool Boy is a similar story set in a world without magic.
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Read this on the recommendation of my 11-year-old, who told me, "Brett and I are a lot alike." without, I believe, understanding the implications of that statement. Brett is self-involved and spoiled, a one-time rich kid who's lost all his money, and the story involves the adult who comes along to teach him about life.

It's a bit of a story about redemption, a Secret Garden updated to the modern age, or a Thief Lord without the magic. I like that Brett doesn't actually have a complete, Scrooge-like change of heart - "From that time forward I became a better person" - but the changes in him are realistic.

The characters and scenario are quite realistic overall. A thoughtful, understated story of growing up in modern-day, upper-class California. ( )
  benfulton | Dec 15, 2012 |
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Fifteen-year-old Brett Gerson is a real-life S.R.K. (spoiled rich kid)–the guy you love to hate. Yep, Brett’s pretty much got life in the bag–until his dad is jailed for insider trading, and the family money swirls down the drain.

Brett wishes things could go back to the way they were–until some dirty swimming pools change everything.

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When his father is arrested for insider trading and his family loses all their money, Brett Gerson takes a job as an assistant to a elderly pool cleaner in his former wealthy California neighborhood and learns some valuable life lessons. Includes a sixteen-page reader's guide.… (more)

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