Heroes Create Their Own Endings
Nimrod Vale is convinced he is the unluckiest twelve-year-old alive. Life is hard when your name doubles as an insult, but he finds it is even worse when your mom dies. Nim is forced to stay with his only living relative, his Aunt Holly in Portland, Oregon. After settling in, he's ready to get lost in a good book, except his bad luck gets in the way when he tips a cup of steaming coffee onto his tablet. While his most prized possession is being repaired, Nim grows anxious to start writing one of his own stories, so his aunt sends him to the attic in search of his grandpa's treasured fountain pen.
An accidental discovery reveals a desolate world that he thought only existed on the pages of his paper. Nim would rather pretend it never happened, and hide away in the school library. There he meets a loner named Pepper who gives him no choice but to be his friend, but when she discovers what he has been hiding, she forces his hand. Nim then must choose to step up and help the fictional war-torn land or turn his back on the people who need him most.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At first Nimrod Vale seems to be all prickles and stings, and for good reason. Forget bad luck. He seems downright cursed. Finding himself alone in the world with the exception of his aunt and his writing (and then even his precious tablet breaks), he wants nothing more than to fend off the world and keep it from entering his lonely heart. Then he is introduced to the very thing that he can't ignore - another world that he himself has brought into existence with the stroke of a pen. His old stand-by of pushing away just about everyone can hardly help him now. Nim, our reluctant hero, is so compelling as little by little he begins to let the world in again. The perfect symbol for this is the intriguing Pepper, whose name and manner show that she is clearly not someone to be ignored. She is a bit of a misfit herself, and yet she embraces life and encourages Nim to do the same. I loved their friendship - from their banter ('Crackerjack') to their teamwork. All this tied up with one whopper of a surprise ending that's bound to leave you wanting more. Nimrod's tale is the most original and entertaining story I've read in a long time. Bravo! I eagerly await Brown's next installment in the series.