Nothing Man and the Purple Zero
By Richard Scarsbrook
Marty Apostrophes and Bill Brown are from opposite sides of the tracks, but their friendship allows them to overcome bullies and scrape through classes (with Bill doing the lion's share of the scraping). Bill's obsession with the classic cars owned by Marty's family leads to ... Read more
Marty Apostrophes and Bill Brown are from opposite sides of the tracks, but their friendship allows them to overcome bullies and scrape through classes (with Bill doing the lion's share of the scraping). Bill's obsession with the classic cars owned by Marty's family leads to a joy ride in a 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman, and the accidental foiling of a robbery . which is caught on video by their friend, aspiring teen reporter Elizabeth Murphy.
The video goes viral, and Marty and Bill - or at least, their accidental alter egos, Nothing Man and the Purple Zero-become instant celebrities. Is this a fleeting moment of celebrity? Or are the trio living up to a destiny foretold by a dying principal who reminded them that "Some have greatness thrust upon them"?
In Nothing Man and the Purple Zero, award-winning author Richard Scarsbrook brings us more hilarious adventures from Faireville High School.
Richard Scarsbrook is the prize-winning author of Cheeseburger Subversive, Featherless Bipeds, Destiny's Telescope, and The Monkeyface Chronicles, which won the 2011 OLA White Pine Award. His books have also been shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year Award, Stellar Book Prize, and ReLit Award. He lives in Toronto.
“Scarsbrook does not shy away from difficult topics such as drugs, bullying and sexuality. His use of flashback is a very effective technique to move the plot forward … Readers will be fascinated with the frequent amusing references to history and popular culture such as Star Trek, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Andy Griffith Show. Teenage readers will definitely enjoy this amusing novel which pokes fun at high school life while revealing what is really important in life!” Rated E for Excellent
“The omniscient present point-of-view allows the narration to dip into the heads of all the characters, providing insight and gently comparing their different mindsets … The interwoven web of characters drives the plot as much as the plot itself does, as is evident from the epilogue which details each character’s life after high school and thus brings this book to a close with the suggestions that, though greatness is thrust upon some, everyone is capable of it. ”