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Praise for A Nose for Adventure:
“A hilarious, exciting roller coaster of evasions, captures, and escapes . . . Snappy dialogue, humor, and clever plotting provide a rollicking adventure. . . .” — Booklist
Praise for From Charlie’s Point of View:
“From the mouths of these smartalecky characters come zinger after zinger, resulting in a laugh-out-loud-on-the-subway read . . . an undercurrent of emotion . . . will resonate with readers. . . .” — Time Out New York Kids
Posted August 19, 2010
Have you wondered what life would be like after you died? Fourteen year old, Jim's life is crap now. He runs around with the wrong crowd. He helps his friend, Ral, to jack cars. He bullies other kids in his neighborhood. He gets his daily allowance of fresh fruit from the local grocery by using the five finger discount. Jim's mom is a drunk and seldom home. His sister, Cassie, who seems to talk to ghosts, is always dissing him; putting him down. When Jim gets hit by a car while chasing one of hi ...more Have you wondered what life would be like after you died? Fourteen year old, Jim's life is crap now. He runs around with the wrong crowd. He helps his friend, Ral, to jack cars. He bullies other kids in his neighborhood. He gets his daily allowance of fresh fruit from the local grocery by using the five finger discount. Jim's mom is a drunk and seldom home. His sister, Cassie, who seems to talk to ghosts, is always dissing him; putting him down. When Jim gets hit by a car while chasing one of his victims, his life really turns to crap.
Luckily,Jim gets another chance to get it right. Three types of ghosts show him how the people in his neighborhood felt about him and how he effected their lives. He is shown what the afterlife would be like for someone like him. A gray, lonely, miserable afterlife, full of Mourners, Grave Walkers, and Slayers. After getting the dickens scared out of him, Jim realizes he wants a chance to change his life. Jim comes back as a changed boy, trying to right the wrongs of his past. He finds it's not as easy as he thought it would be to right a lifetime of wrongs.
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Posted August 4, 2012
A quick read about Jim, a 14-year-old who works hard to maintain his image of a slacker and a bully. He doesn't know his dad, his mom is a drunk, and his sister seems to have mental issues. After being hit by a car, Jim nearly dies but is given the opportunity to see his past life by three ghosts who reside in the gloomy, gray Jordan Arms afterlife hotel. Jim knows that he's being given a chance to change his life and does so when he "come back from the dead" in the ambulance. In his efforts to make amends, we learn the back story of individuals Jim hurt before the accident. This tale of a young man raised in poverty, influenced by thugs and the pull of gangs, will resonate with many students. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2010
In the story "Me and Death", 'death' as implied by the title, pervades the entire story, in so that the story begins with a near death experience and ends with one. From this main theme many sub-themes are further developed, namely the social commentaries of failed and abusive families and coming of age and entering into adulthood.
The story takes the readers on an adventurous and wild but most times thought-provoking journey with the young protagonist, 14 year old Jim. Jim is introduced to us as a bully, a trouble-maker and a menace to society. However after a near death experience, he meets Tadeusz, one of the many ghosts who he encounters on the path to become a 'reformed' person. Interestingly, what all these ghosts have in common is that they are confined to Roncy because of their unhappy and or troubled past. Tadeusz takes Jim to the Jordan Arms; what would appear to be heaven, as he and Jim ascend into the clouds. However Jordan Arms is no Garden of Eden. Everything is grey, everyone there has lost their color and what they all share in common is misery and sadness. There, Jims gets the opportunity to look back at his life, acknowledge the people who he has hurt and in the process he gets a wake up call.
"Me and Death" is a cleverly written book which has multiple didactic lessons. The author brings to light, sometimes in a comical way, many issues which plague society. Jim's mother is a drunk and she hardly pays him any attention and his sister abused him as a child in an attempt to seek the attention of her mother. Worthy of mention is the absence of Jim's father in the story. Jim hardly knows anything about him. These facts cause the readers to empathize with Jim and even justify his malicious and rebellious behavior since the readers come to understand that Jim is simply not loved.
Also, through the relationship between Lloyd and his father, another important issue which arises is abuse in the family. Lloyd is locked in the trunk of his father's car and has to sleep there as a form of punishment. The author admits that Lloyd's situation in the book was channeled from a true story in which a five- year- old boy in Texas suffered similar abuse from his father.
I would recommend this text to teenagers and young adults because there are many valuable lessons that can be learnt from the text. The story was at most times enjoyable although at other times predictable. What i enjoyed the most was Jim's wit and good sense of humor, even in his near death experience. He says and does things which a real life 14-year-old would do.
Richard Scrimger has brought an interesting story to his readers, one in which a teenage boy stops being a boy and becomes a man.