Praise for Richard Scrimger’s Norbert books:
“A hilarious, exciting roller coaster of evasions, captures, and escapes.… Snappy dialogue, humor, and clever plotting provide a rollicking adventure, with a subtext reminding readers to be sensitive to the feelings, concerns, and abilities of others.”
“Like its predecessor [The Nose from Jupiter], this wonderful story is filled with memorable characters, irreverent wit, exciting plot twists, and some touching moments as well.… Any teen reader with a taste for the absurd will love the latest adventures of Alan Dingwall and his alter ego, Norbert.”
“Scrimger’s dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny and the action is fast-paced and slick.”
— City Parent
Thirteen-year-old aspiring writer Jules recounts his recent raft trip toward Lake Ontario in fast-as-I-can-keyboard first-person, complete with funny editorial musings. His two companions on the trip, athletic, reticent Chris and eccentric, artsy Cory, complement the witty, talkative Jules nicely. Each has his strengths and weaknesses but, together, they're a teenage power trio. Jules's quirky point of view is one of the devices that helps keep this coming-of-age story afloat as the suburban adventure morphs into a disorienting mystery when, halfway downstream, clueless Cory is kidnapped by a trio of snooty thugs, leading Jules and Chris on a madcap pursuit that involves a Colombian boa constrictor, a diminutive but talented hobo, a girl who looks really good in a bikini, and-ultimately-a jewel smuggling operation. Ravine celebrates the synergies of good friendships and its fast pace and goofy humor make it a natural choice for reluctant readers.
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