Duck Boy

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Bitingduck Press LLC, 2012 - Families - 297 pages

When Steve Best was 12, his mom disappeared—literally vanishing from her armchair in the sitting room. A terror-stricken scream for help, a blinding flash of light, and she was gone. Only a puddle of coffee and a stained notebook remain.

Now, on the second Christmas since her disappearance, Steve’s life is a disaster. He’s failing everything at school. His dad alternately mopes and yells at him. Even his attempt to save a duck from the school bullies led to the nickname he’s dying to forget. 

To make matters even worse, his dad is forced to travel over the holidays, leaving Steve to stay with his dotty great aunt Shannon and her bookish, absent-minded husband. Shannon insists that Steve bring along his mother’s old notebook, which neither he nor his dad could bear to throw out.

Steve learns from Shannon that he comes from a family of alchemists, that alchemy is about far more than turning lead into gold, and that his mother was researching the possibility of using alchemical devices to transport people to different places.

Skeptical at first, Steve finally masters a transformation that shows him the power of alchemy to transport people between dimensions. He might be able to use this power to save his mom–but only if thugs or the police don’t stop him first.


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Disclaimer: I may sound a bit harsh in this review, but it is clear this is a new author. I want to give constructive criticism, hopefully to help him improve his style going forward. First, it is an ... Read full review

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This story wasn't exactly what I expected it would be, however I did enjoy reading. The title comes from an event in the main character's past, a moment that actually has very little to do with the ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Bill Bunn is the author of several books, essays, and articles. He published his first young adult novel, Duck Boy, in October 2012. In 2003, Moon Canoe, a children's picture book was published. This book was bought and translated into French by Le Canotier, and released as Canoe Lune (2005). Bill lives near Millarville in Alberta, Canada. He and his wife, Linda, take care of three teenagers, two dogs, two cats, and two hives of bees. Bill teaches English at Mount Royal University. Most recently, he is the author of HYMNS OF HOME (Bitingduck Press, 2013).

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