Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Blue Helmet

The Blue Helmet, by William Bell
http://www.orillia.org/williambell/

Canadian/YA/realistic

Lee is a boy who is in with the wrong crowd, and starting to become very violent and dangerous. When he gets picked up by the police, he gets sent to live with an aunt in New Toronto. The aunt runs a greasy spoon type cafe and he helps her out in return for room and board. But he is still an angry and mixed-up violent guy. However, as he starts to meet and open up to some of the stranger and more reclusive residents of New Toronto, as his aunts delivery boy, he begins to question his own anger with the world. To give more of a plot synopsis would be to ruin the story, but it should be pointed out that there are much large geo-political and humanitarian items discussed, and that Lee's awakening comes with his learning of the true ravages of violence.

I really liked this one. It is interestingly similar to Eric Walter's new book from this year, Shattered, though I think I might like this one better. There are elements of dogma about Walters that I didn't find here. Quite a short and a gripping read that will, I think, go over well for both male and female readers.

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