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Rex Zero, King of Nothing by Tim Wynne-Jones

Rex Zero, King of Nothing

by Tim Wynne-Jones

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In sixth grade, 11 year old Rex Zero and his friends devise a plan to replace Miss Garr, their horrible substitute teacher whereby Rex sends notes from “Dr. Love.” There is a beautiful woman dressed in white.with a black eye and a little black book filled with names that he finds on the street. At home, his father has a letter hidden in a secret drawer addressed “Mein Liebchen”.

A summer full of mysteries and adventures for Rex and his friends about life . ( )
  stornelli | May 9, 2010 |
11-year-old Rex Norton-Norton (aka Rex Zero) made friends and conquered an ersatz panther in Rex Zero and the End of the World (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007). Now he’s back in Rex Zero, King of Nothing (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008) and dealing with problems ranging from a mysterious and moody Dad (does Rex has a long-lost half-brother??) to a nasty teacher to a beautiful woman with an abusive husband. This last is rather a stretch, plot-wise – Rex and his friend manage to chase away a brutal man, apparently for good, a deed that even a grown-up might find hard to accomplish. But that is the charm of these two books. Rex may be hindered by a lack of context and understanding of Adult Issues, but this also allows him to make leaps of faith that a grown-up might be too inhibited to perform. There are a number of sly and subtle jokes that younger readers might not get but that add another level of humor for older readers.
Bottom line – Rex Zero is a realistic and appealing hero, 1962 Ottawa is faithfully and affectionately portrayed, and both boys and girls in grades 4 to 6 will find this an enjoyable, if not hugely action-packed, read.
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  emitnick | Aug 11, 2008 |
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In sixth grade now, the wildly imaginative Rex Zero and his friends hatch a plan to replace Miss Garr, the substitute teacher from hell, and Rex takes on the persona of none other than “Dr. Love.” Of course, events spin hilariously out of control. Miss Garr’s cruel behavior is a mystery to Rex. But then, Rex’s world is full of mysteries! There’s the beautiful woman in white. Why does she have a black eye? There’s the little black book filled with names. Who could it belong to? And why has Rex’s father hidden a letter that begins: “Mein Liebchen”? Could all these things have something to do with the mystery of love? Underneath all of this is the age-old question of how to stand up and be a man. For if, as Rex’s dad says, “a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do,” how does Rex know what to do and when to do it?

Delightfully eccentric characters, humorous scenes of well-intended plans gone awry, a finely crafted plot interwoven with serious themes about love and war—this new Rex Zero is a gem!

Rex Zero, King of Nothing is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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In 1962 Ottawa, eleven-year-old Rex Norton-Norton faces several confusing mysteries, including his father's troubling secrets from World War II, the problems of a beautiful but unhappy woman named Natasha, what to do about his mean and vindictive teacher, and whether or not he should even be concerned about these things.… (more)

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