A funny, feisty, and charming novel.
Alex Sherwood would like to blend in and keep a low profile in
his local high school. His plan is thwarted when he inadvertently
becomes hero to a group of so-called losers. As Alex says,
"Everywhere I turned some zit-faced loser wanted me to be an oasis
from constant torment. How could I refuse? After all, I was a
The tormentor is Jerry Whitman Jr., who runs a successful
extortion ring at school and basically makes life difficult for
everyone. Alex is known as "The Savior" for his habit of helping
out his fellow losers and fending off Jerry and the boys.
Alex and his two best friends, Winston and Manny, spend a lot of
time scheming how they and the other losers might defeat Jerry and
his gang in an upcoming challenge. They are also desperate to find
an adult guardian (to keep the school counsellors happy) since two
of them are temporarily parentless. Serious entanglements and
hilarious complications result from their antics on the home front,
where extreme measures are required. As Manny puts it, "Learning to
successfully con the school administration will be highly
beneficial to our self-esteem." Unfortunately for the boys, the
school administration is not so easily conned.
This story has a wonderful exuberance, with characters that are
engagingly original (including a suitably odious villain). Lekich
displays a deft touch with humor, and the authentic dialogue
establishes a true teen ambiance. Even Alex's disability is
portrayed in a refreshingly matter-of-fact way.
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