Crusader

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Roberta Ritter has been waiting for a knight in shining armor for most of her humdrum life. She's a doormat, a nobody whose mother died a few years back, a smart girl who wastes her afternoons working in a failing arcade in a failing shopping mall. And then a Crusader arrives....Only this Crusader is a virtual reality war game, one that does a booming business at the arcade, despite—or perhaps because of—the controversy over its racism and violence. Roberta's boring life explodes. Onetime friends become bitter ...
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Overview

Roberta Ritter has been waiting for a knight in shining armor for most of her humdrum life. She's a doormat, a nobody whose mother died a few years back, a smart girl who wastes her afternoons working in a failing arcade in a failing shopping mall. And then a Crusader arrives....Only this Crusader is a virtual reality war game, one that does a booming business at the arcade, despite—or perhaps because of—the controversy over its racism and violence. Roberta's boring life explodes. Onetime friends become bitter enemies, strangers reveal themselves as allies, and Roberta discovers the truth about her mother's death. In uncovering what's real and not just virtually real, Roberta learns to stand up for herself—and, maybe, to become her own crusader.

After a violent virtual-reality game arrives at the mall arcade where she works, fifteen-year-old Roberta finds the courage to search out the person who murdered her mother.

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In his bright debut, Tangerine, author Edward Bloor introduced us to a legally blind kid who, frankly, sees reality a heck of a lot better than anyone around him. Paul Fisher, that soccer-playing wonder with bottle-thick glasses and a heart of gold, leapt into adolescent literature and surprised thousands of us. I, for one, hadn't read such a thirst-quenching story in ages. Paul Fisher became my personal hero. I built a shrine for Tangerine on my bookshelf (yes! no lie!), so dazzled was I by Bloor's thought-provoking tale.

When Crusader fell out of its mailing envelope, I screamed in delight. (I'm not a dork -- bottled up anticipation and longing will do that to anyone.) So in love was I with Edward Bloor's prose that the arrival of Crusader made me weak in the knees -- as if, perhaps, my summertime boyfriend had finally arrived at the resort that our families enjoyed year after year. How had he changed? Would he still love me? What fun would we have together this time around?

So, ummm...maybe you'll understand why I feel hesitant in making broad declarations about what Crusader is or how it reads or if it's as well as Bloor's debut. I'm in shock, I guess. Bloor, my favorite dreamy writer, grew up some since I saw him last, and I'm still figuring out how I feel about his new novel.

While Tangerine explored the idea that a blind kid might actually see more than his sighted friends and family, Crusader tackles the blind spot in the rearview mirror. Fifteen-year-old Roberta is a seasoned journalist, despite her youth. Passively, meticulously, and intelligently recording events at school and at the failing mall where her family owns an arcade, Roberta sees all but feels nothing.

We also learn -- on the very first page -- that she avoids the mirror. "I don't usually look in mirrors because I don't need to. I don't style my hair; I don't use makeup. Most days I couldn't tell you what color clothes I have on. Kristen says that's because I don't have a mother to teach me about such things. Kristin is usually right."

What happened to her mother? Roberta tells everyone that her mother died of a heart attack. We believe her at first because Roberta seems to have everything under control. Soon, though, "truth" unravels into family chaos.

In Crusader, author Bloor and protagonist Roberta sift through layers of reality. They unearth environmental massacres from long ago that matter now; they penetrate political webs and bravely dig out family truths buried long ago. Roberta even learns to look in the mirror. Her journey dazzles.

—Cathy Young

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although the jacket and flap copy play to readers interested in virtual reality, cyber-adventure is only a very small component of this ambitious second novel from the author of the acclaimed Tangerine. Fifteen-year-old Roberta spends her time at a mall, working for her alcoholic Uncle Frank in a virtual reality arcade that features "experiences" for xenophobic violence-mongers: in the war game Crusader, for example, players kill Arab "Infidels." Everything around Roberta is skewed, from the misfits who work at the arcade for no pay just getting to play the games is enough to the mall, where the businesses are struggling and the management is corrupt. Home is even stranger. Her mother is dead and her father neglects her, spending all his time with the horrible Suzie, the mall manager. Roberta herself is an oddball, often mistaken for a boy and slow to emerge as a strong character--readers will have to be patient to see her personality take shape. The story is long and packed with subplots, veering from local politics hate crimes and environmentalism to teenage suicide, the inner workings of a TV studio and Roberta's quest to uncover the truth about her mother's death. A scheme to expose a dishonest politician is baroque and anticlimactic. Nonetheless, the characters are sharply drawn racist Hawg is not an entirely bad guy; shallow teen beauty Nina helps out in a pinch, and Roberta is full of surprises. While flawed, this novel is deeper, denser and more complex than most YA fare, and serious readers will appreciate it. Ages 12-up. Oct. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
Author of Tangerine (Harcourt Brace, 1997/VOYA August 1997), Bloor has produced another thoughtful work. Roberta is a member of an extended dysfunctional family. She works in her uncle's video arcade in a strip mall populated by a weird assortment of employees, among them football crazy Hawg, who works at the arcade for free games; "Betty the Goth," an intimidating food server; and Mrs. Weiss, a gift shop owner and selfappointed grandmother to Roberta. Fifteenyearold Roberta has found her niche in the video arcade, working by night and pursuing her dream of becoming a journalist in her media studies class by day. Willing to address controversy in her writing but not in her life, Roberta does not agree with some of the arcade's policies, but she enforces them. When Asian Americans approach the "Mekong Massacre" game, an outoforder sign is hastily attached to the machine. Because the arcade houses a variety of possibly offensive "experiences," there are policies for almost every minority group. When a vandal attacks an Arab American's business, however, Roberta is forced to confront some latent conflicts in her life, the foremost being the mystery surrounding her mother's murder several years ago. Is the raciallymotivated vandalism at the mall linked to her mother's death? As in Tangerine, this novel provides a fine character study. Readers follow the introverted Roberta through a series of increasingly dramatic events, hoping that one of them will finally wake up her rage. The cast is populated with characters who appear to be either idealistic or dishonorable but who reveal surprising depth as the novel progresses. There is an engaging mystery to keep the reader occupied through390pages, but the main business is to find out how Roberta will finally deal with the shocking evidence concerning her mother's murder and the benign neglect with which her father treats her. This is by no means a fastpaced read, but those willing to invest some time will find a compelling and eloquent story. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1999, Harcourt Brace, Ages 13 to 18, 384p, $17. Reviewer: Alison Kastner
Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Roberta Ritter, 16, works at her journalism studies in her south Florida high school, and works just as hard for nothing at Arcane Experiences, a small arcade run by her father and uncle. Knowing that certain of the virtual-reality games are likely to offend certain customers, the arcade has an unwritten policy-African Americans are told that King Kong is out of order, Asians hear the same apology about the Mekong Massacre, etc. In the newest "experience," customers take the role of a Christian crusader slaying infidels in the Holy Land. When someone vandalizes the store of an Arab-American businessman at the mall, neither the police nor the victim realize that it's mall politics, not prejudice, behind it. Roberta is also having nightmares about her mother, whose murder seven years earlier was never solved. The teen's association with the officer investigating the alleged hate crimes brings her some evidence relating to her mother's killer. All these plot threads and more come together in a satisfying but disturbing ending. Roberta is a strong and sympathetic character who learns to take care of herself, but what she faces along the way may surprise and disturb readers. People die, and some wrongs are never righted. Although it is longer and more complex, Crusader resembles Bloor's Tangerine (Harcourt, 1997). Like that title, it is an honest look at a contemporary world in which all stories do not end happily.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152063146
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 824,119
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

EDWARD BLOOR is the author many acclaimed novels, including Tangerine, Crusader, and Story Time . A former high school teacher, he lives near Orlando, Florida. Visit him online at www.edwardbloor.net .

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August
Friday, the 18th
 I don’t usually look in mirrors because I don’t need to. I don’t style my hair; I don’t use makeup. Most days I couldn’t tell you what color clothes I have on. Kristin says that’s because I don’t have a mother to teach me about such things. Kristin is usually right.
 I stood in the bathroom staring at my face, studying it, trying to decide if it looked older, when I heard Hawg’s booming voice. It was coming from the mall parking lot.
 I opened the back door to watch Hawg and Ironman for a moment. What a pair they were. Hawg’s burly frame was packed into his red Arkansas T-shirt, the one with the charging pig on it. Ironman was wearing his usual black T-shirt. Either it was two sizes too large or he was two sizes too small. The shirt had a death’s-head, a snake, and the word IRONMAN on it.
 Hawg was yelling about his one obsession, football. “Whompin’ on ’em, man! We was whompin’ on ’em. Upside their heads and down. No lie. They’d like to have quit at halftime, we whomped ’em up so good.”
 I don’t know how much of this football talk Ironman understands. He usually just stands there grinning.
 I quietly joined them. Hawg and Ironman seemed hard at work with cans of spray paint, red Glidden spray paint. They had our portable TV stand lying on the ground between them, like a patient on a table. Hawg was leaning backward and squirting at the stand awkwardly, like you’d squirt poison at a big bug. I finally said, “What are you guys doing?”
 They both turned in surprise, then exhaled in relief that I wasn’t Uncle Frank. Hawg answered, “Your uncle told us to paint the Sony stand. He wants her to be red now.”
 “Really? Why?”
 “Damn if I know.” Hawg picked up the stand and flopped it over. Then he held up his hands to show Ironman. They were now streaked bloodred from the paint. I went back inside as Hawg resumed his story, “Second half started, brother, and we dogged ’em good. Whomp! Whomp!”
 I had no sooner gotten back to the bathroom mirror than I heard the shrill ringing of the bell. I opened the door again and saw the UPS guy standing there in his brown shirt, shorts, and socks. I see this guy at least once a week, but I honestly don’t know if he remembers me from one visit to the next. If he does, he doesn’t let on. He looked down at his clipboard and told me, “Two packages. Nine hundred ninety-nine dollars COD.”
 I said, “I’m sorry. What does that mean?”
 He looked up. “It means you have to give me a check for that amount, or you don’t get your boxes.”
 “Really? Is this from Arcane?”
 He checked his paperwork and confirmed, “Arcane—The Virtual Reality Arcade—Antioch, Illinois. Two packages. COD. Cash on delivery.”
 I stood there dumbly. I finally said, “We’ve never had to do that before.”
 “You would have to take that up with the sender. I either deliver it or I don’t deliver it.”
 Just then the door to the arcade opened and Uncle Frank came in. Uncle Frank used to be an army officer. He still has the crew cut and the military bearing. The UPS guy practically snapped to attention. He even said, “How are you today, sir?”
 I said, “He wants a check for nine hundred ninety-nine dollars.”
 Uncle Frank sputtered, “What?”
 The UPS guy repeated his COD story, but this time he told it like he was on our side.
 Uncle Frank told him coldly, “They’ve been sending packages to me for three years now. Never COD. This is a mistake.”
 The UPS guy suggested, “Why don’t you call this Arcane company in Illinois?”
 Uncle Frank stared hard at the UPS guy, who got very uncomfortable. Suddenly we all swiveled at the sound of the register buzzer. My cousin Karl had pressed it from up front. Uncle Frank looked at me. “See what he wants, will you?”
 I walked out onto the floor of our family arcade and stood for a moment surveying the hardware. We have twelve different Arcane “experiences” set up in our arcade. The less bloody experiences are placed up front; the more violent and weird ones are in back. Each experience costs $4.95 for two minutes of “nonstop virtual reality excitement.”
 I spotted a Japanese family. They were wandering my way, right toward Mekong Massacre. This was why Karl had hit the buzzer. We don’t let any Asian customers have the Mekong Massacre experience. We don’t let Asians have the Halls of Montezuma experience or the Genghis Khan Rides! experience, either. Uncle Frank calls this our Asian Policy. Some Asians take these games so seriously that they get emotionally upset. Then they want their money back. We’re instructed to tell all Asians that those three games are “experiencing technical difficulties.”
 I don’t personally believe in the Asian Policy. I don’t see any harm in letting a Japanese customer pretend to kill a Viet Cong guerrilla, or a Korean customer pretend to slice up an invading Chinese Mongol. Then again, I can distinguish between Japanese and Vietnamese, and Korean and Chinese, and so on. Uncle Frank can’t. That’s why we have an Asian Policy.
 The family wandered all the way around the arcade in a circle, then left, so I returned to the UPS guy COD scene. Hawg and Ironman were back inside now, listening to Uncle Frank angrily growl, “Forget it,” and slam down the phone.
 I asked him, “It wasn’t a mistake?”
 Uncle Frank answered, “Apparently not,” and wrote out a check.
 The UPS guy tore off a receipt. It looked like he was about to say something else, but Uncle Frank shooed him out the door. Then we all turned and looked, with great interest, at the two cartons that had cost us a thousand bucks. Uncle Frank shook his head in utter disbelief. He turned to Hawg and Ironman, finally acknowledging their presence, and ordered, “Wash that paint off your hands before you touch this. It’s worth more than you are.” Then he asked me, “What did Karl want?”
 I said, “Japanese. Looking at Mekong Massacre.”
 “Did you head them off?”
 “Yes.”
 Uncle Frank thought for a moment. “Mekong Massacre’s been marginal for a long time. What kind of numbers does it have?”
 “About twenty-five customers a week.”
 “Is that all? Maybe we should get rid of it. I hate to, though.” Uncle Frank pointed at the two new boxes. “But we have to make room for this one. He’ll be right up front. And he comes with a promo display.”
 “Oh, good. What’s he called?”
 “Crusader.” I walked over to the boxes. Hawg and Ironman, now with clean hands, followed me and began to extract the pieces of the promotional display. Hawg pulled out a jewel-handled metal sword and held it up to admire. Then he unwrapped a gorgeous metal shield with a coat of arms that bore a lion, a snake, and a chalice. Even Uncle Frank was impressed by that and came over to check it out, too. He reached in and unfurled a white linen tunic with a big red cross sewn on the front. He nodded admiringly. Then he said, “Come out front, Roberta. I need to talk to you.”
 I followed Uncle Frank up to the front register. Uncle Frank and his two children—my cousins, Karl and Kristin—all work at Arcane. Karl is eighteen, tall, and scary looking. Kristin is seventeen, tall, and gorgeous looking. Uncle Frank asked Karl, “Where’s Kristin?”
 Karl answered, “I think she’s out with Nina.”
 “Oh? That’s good. That Nina’s a good girl.”
 Karl looked over at me, sneakily, and rolled his eyes. I rolled mine back. Nina is not a good girl.
 Uncle Frank went behind the counter and pulled a green bank deposit bag from the floor safe. He told me, “Roberta, you’re in charge of assembling this new display. I don’t want any mistakes.”
 “Okay, Uncle Frank.”
 “It could be the last one we get for a while.”
 I returned to the back room and pushed open the door, expecting to see a mess, but the guys seemed to be handling the assembly okay. The Crusader had no real body. He had an open wire frame shaped like an upside-down cone, so large that a person could fit inside it. And that’s where Ironman currently was. He said to Hawg, “There’s gotta be a metal bar for the shoulders.”
 “There ain’t no metal bar, Ironman. I told you that already.”
 “There’s gotta be.”
 “There ain’t. Now, don’t make me hurt you, boy.”
 I said, “It’s probably in this other box.” I opened the second box and saw the CD-ROM to run Crusader, and the legend card that explained the experience. The card said:
 
God’s champion against medieval evil!
He battles the bloodthirsty infidel
across the scorching sands of Asia Minor,
to reclaim the Holy Land for God.

Copyright © 1999 by Edward Bloor
Reader’s guide copyright © 2007 by Harcourt, Inc.

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Requests for permission to make copies of any part of the work should be submitted online at www.harcourt.com/contact or mailed to the following address: Permissions Department, Harcourt, Inc., 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32887-6777.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Good

    It was a great story but at times it didn't...could just be me though :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

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    I have to admit this is a book i found myself zoning out while r

    I have to admit this is a book i found myself zoning out while reading.  There were parts that jumped out, but overall the book was just babbling on and on. 

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    A Crusader is someone who supports a certain cause and a Crusader is also a knight in the 11th-13th centuries who fought to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims. Both of these definitions come into play in this long but wonderful mystery. <BR/><BR/>Roberta Ritter is a shy and lonely girl. She is plain but only because she doesn't really care how she looks. Roberta's father owns, along with his brother, a virtual reality arcade in a failing mall in Florida. The family used to have an arcade on the strip, but due to the murder of her mother they sold that franchise and opened this one. <BR/><BR/>Roberta doesn't really have a relationship with her father. He is away a lot and so Roberta and her family act as the store owners at the mall where the arcade is located. At the opening of the story, the arcade is getting a new experience in the form of a Crusader. When violence happens at the mall and an Arab is attacked, Roberta becomes a Crusader to foil whoever is doing this and also decides to find out, along the way, who murdered her mother. <BR/><BR/>This book is long, 591 pages, but excellent! The characterization of the major players was spot on. I felt like I know Roberta and she is one of my good friends. I really cared about what was going on with every character and the storyline was interesting. It wove in politics and the driving force of the media. There was dysfunction everywhere but there was also true love and caring. I recommend this book wholeheartedly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    How did this get published?

    I totally agree with a previous review--Crusader is 400+ pages of painfully plodding nothingness. There's a cool idea somewhere in here, although Bloor gets bogged down with uninteresting characters and the tedium of every single nuance of working at a mall. By page 20 I was annoyed by page 50 I was angry by the end of the book I couldn't believe that any teenager would muddle through this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2006

    Amazing

    This book was, in one word, gripping. There are so many emotions, the characters are complex in each their own way, there is a historical element to learn from. It's just amazing. The twists in the plot are simply brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    Crusader

    Looking for a good read? A book that¿s really captivating and thrilling? Do you want a book that has you guessing until the very end and at the edge or your seat? Well, then don¿t read Crusader, by Edward Bloor. It¿s a dull book with a weak plot and no excitement. It¿s 590 plus pages or agonizing boringness and I strongly suggest that you don¿t read it. We follow the book through teenager Roberta Ritter¿s eyes. She¿s probably your average mid-teen girl except for the fact that her mother was murdered when Roberta was just a child. Anyway, Roberta works in a failing mall at an uneventful arcade store run by her selfish and thoughtless father and her arrogant and quick-tempered Uncle Frank. Other employees and main characters include: friends Ironman and Hawg, who add the smallest bit of humor to the story, and her cousins Karl, who¿s special-ed, and Kristin, a beauty who Roberta seems jealous of. The book is called Crusader, probably only because there¿s an arcade experience game with that name and maybe also because Roberta likes to watch the Stephen Cross show where he prays a lot. I¿m not really sure why Edward Bloor chose this as a title for the book, but whatever, it¿s his boring book, and how it got published is a real mystery to me! So you¿ve been warned . . . The book goes on and on about the arcade store and every tiny thing they do there, which to me is a real bore. They talk endlessly about how the employees have to de-louse everything after everyone uses the games with head sets. They go on and on about the arcade¿s ¿Asian Policy¿ where they don¿t let the Asian¿s play the Asian games where Koreans shoot the Chinese, because Uncle Frank can¿t tell the difference between them. Or their black people policy, where white people kill black people, etc. It¿s talked about for what seems like all the time in this book. Roberta¿s dad is dating and practically living with the mall¿s supervisor or overseer, Suzie, and so that really puts a wedge between this daughter and father¿s already strained relationship. Roberta doesn¿t like Suzie, and Suzie doesn¿t seem to like Roberta, so it¿s like your average evil-stepmother evil-stepdaughter situation like they always have in movies and books. Roberta comes home to an empty home every night, watches some Stephen Cross and tries to manage her own life. She talks about it all the time. Most of the book is about how Roberta is an aspiring journalist and writes about things she sees and about the failing mall and arcade store. It also talks about Roberta trying to find out what really happened to her mother that awful day that she was murdered at their old Arcade store on the strip and about the people trying to stop her. You don¿t really relate to the characters, you don¿t feel for them, you just don¿t really care what happens to them, and that equals a bad book. There¿s no emotion to the book, no real plot, and no real fun, so I would have to give this book a D, and that¿s even being nice. Doesn¿t it get annoying when I keep repeating things?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!!!!!

    This book is sooo awsome. I cried. I laughed. This is just a great book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2004

    Absolutely Wonderful Book

    Crusader is truly one of the best books I have ever picked up--and I read a LOT of books. This is one that captures you right from the start, and keeps you enticed as you read about the world of Roberta, her family and friends, and the mystery of what really happened to her mother. I have read this book twice and am now finishing my third time and it is just as good as it was the first two. Don't be intimidated by the length, it will go by very quickly. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK!

    Anyone who gives this book a bad review has got to be crazy! This book is one of the best books ever! I definately think you should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2003

    Excellent Book

    Read it right away! I loved this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    1 OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!

    THIS BOOK IS REALLY GOOD. IN THE START IT WAS OK BUT ONCE YOU GOT IN IT A LITTLE MORE THE BOOK WAS REALLY GOOD AND IT MADE ME WANT TO READ MORE AND MORE. I RATE THIS BOOK 4 STARS BECUASE OF THE START!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    The worst book EVER!!

    If you want to read a REALLY GOOD book that is very interesting, DON'T read this book!! I think that all the other people who wrote a review on this book were not telling the truth. This book had a GOOD plot but it was poorly written. I won't read this book over again. You shouldn't read it either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Crusader

    okay, i know this book is really long, but as soon as you get into it, it goes really quick, i'll confess that it's the only book i've read by Edward Bloor, but i really liked it - i even read it twice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    Super Good!

    I love this book. I have read it 3 times and can't wait to read it again! Roberta boldly causes chaos on a live T.V. broadcast to reveal the truth about Ray Lyons. I love how she finds out how and why her mother was murdered, and it is suprising who the murderer was. I never would have guessed! Read this book! You will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    okay

    this book was okay,kind of weird and freaky in some parts...some parts were said like when she ends up not living with her father...the lice part was really gross!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    *!You've got to read this book!*

    This is truly a book with the theme of a teenager growing and finding him/herself. Edward Bloor is a great author. If you liked his book Tangerine, you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    This book ROCKS!!!!!!!

    I couldn't put this book down! All I wanted to do was read it and read it and go further into the story. Even though this story is fictional, it seems so real. Roberta is a down-to-earth person whose braveness and strength helps her to realize the truth behind her mother's death. So, booklovers out there, what are you waiting for? Read this book and YOU won't want to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    The tipy of book you can never put dowen.

    the bookislikone of thoughs books that tell you about some of the people that are out there such as Rabertas Unkel did reassised things to one of the owners in the store. I also belive that the way the auther told you about how the quarterback of the football team killed himself or got on house areast for some thing he never even did then haw he killed him self because he was inassent that like touched me in like so meany ways. I belive that every thing that happend to Raberta was like so tragic finding out that her father sent some guy to go and robbe there owne arcade then her mom got killed trying to stope the man form taking Rabertas callege founed. I also thaought that the old Women giving her all of thoughs things was like the sweetist thing I have ever reade or even hered. I also belive that the Old Woman tell Reaberta all about her giving a baskite of things to the Camp were her Mom and Dad was that was so nice, then Raberta going to where her old famely arcade was and leving a baskit full of all the thing that remided her of her mom such as the book her mom used to read to her and some of her moms old clothing . That was so touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Really Good

    My friend read this, and she read parts of it to me, and I couldn't wait until she was done to read it. I bought my own copy and finished it in two days!!! It was really interesting and keeps you turning to the last page! Roberta is a real character, and Kristin kicks butt!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    VERY GOOD

    this book was very good. I am the type of person that hates to read i only read when i have to but this book i read on my own time. When i started this book i couldn't put it down after SSR i kept reading the book and usually got in trouble if you want a good book buy this

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