Crusader by Edward Bloor

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Roberta Ritter hopes to be a journalist one day, but for now she's stuck working at her family's arcade in a dilapidated shopping mall. From her vantage point behind the counter, she sees all the goings-on at the mall--and some things she sees are disturbing. Racism, dirty politics, and drugs are all part of the scene. Roberta doesn't like it, but she's just a fifteen-year-old--so what can she do?
    Roberta is surprised to find out just how much power she does have. To hone her journalistic skills, she begins to investigate hate crimes at the mall. In the process, she uncovers some shocking information concerning her own mother's death. And as she learns to stand up for herself and the truth, Roberta becomes the kind of person who makes things happen--a crusader.

About Edward Bloor

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EDWARD BLOOR is the author of four acclaimed novels. A former high school teacher, he lives near Orlando, Florida.
Published April 1, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 496 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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the solution hits close to home, and is only one among plot strands vying for attention as Roberta schools herself to become a reporter, conducts her own surveillance of local hate crimes, faces the death of a friend and an elderly guardian, saves the mall from bankruptcy, and inherits a Hallmark...

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Long and complex, this novel features a 15-year-old oddball named Roberta, who has taken a job at the mall working in her uncle's arcade.

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Fifteen-year-old Roberta spends her time at a mall, working for her alcoholic Uncle Frank in a virtual reality arcade that features ""experiences"" for xenophobic violence-mongers: in the war game Crusader, for example, players kill Arab ""Infidels."" Everything around Roberta is skewed, from the...

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Common Sense Media

Of special topical interest is the discussion between Roberta and Sam about Western and Arab views of the Crusades and the Gulf War.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Roberta is a sympathetic character who walks through situations that could easily destroy a young person, yet her passion for truth and determination to survive shape her destiny, giving her a future firmly grounded in reality.

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