The Blue Helmet

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Random House of Canada, Limited, Jan 27, 2009 - Anger - 224 pages
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Lee wants to be a Tarantula – a member of the biggest, most powerful gang in his neighbourhood. But when his initiation goes wrong and the police catch him robbing an auto supply store, Lee’s father sends him to live with his aunt in New Toronto.

Lee feels more lost than ever. His mother’s death from cancer, and his father’s constant absence working two jobs mean he has practically had to raise himself. But though he initially resists his Aunt Reena and the customers of Reena’s Unique Café – a ragtag collection of the unusual, the unkempt and the deeply eccentric – Lee gradually learns to open himself up to his new surroundings. When Lee strikes up an unlikely friendship he is suddenly confronted by the ravages of violence, and is forced to face the consequences of his own aggression.

The Blue Helmet is a powerful portrait of one young man’s struggle to come into his own, and the peace that comes from the achievement.


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William Bell has won numerous awards, including the Canadian Library Association Award, the Manitoba Readers' Choice Award and the Mr. Christie's Book Award. He has written eleven previous YA novels ... Read full review

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I personally LOVE this book. It may seem a little boring at the start but when you get about half way everything starts to make sence. I also like it because it made me realize things that i had not realized before about people and the world. If your like me and haven't read a lot of books because you can't find an interesting one, well this one is perfect for you. I absolutley give this book 5 STARS! 

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About the author (2009)

William Bell’s young adult novels have been translated into nine languages and have won a number of awards, among them the Manitoba Readers’ Choice Award, the Mr. Christie’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, and the Canadian Librarians’ Association Award. He lives in Orillia, Ontario, with author Ting-xing Ye.


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