Rex Zero and the End of the World by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Why does everyone seem so scared? That’s what the new boy in town, Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero, wonders as he rides his bike through Ottawa’s streets. Is it spies? Kidnappers? Or is it because of the shadowy creature some say is stalking Adams Park? One thing is certain in this summer of 1962 as the Cold War heats up: nothing is quite what it seems. What’s a boy to do? If his name is Rex Zero and he has a bike he calls “Diablo,” five wild and funny siblings, an alpha dog named Kincho, a basement bomb shelter built of old Punch magazines, and a mind that turns everything inside out, he’s bound to come up with an amazing idea.
 
With its mystery, adventure, laugh-out-loud scenes of family chaos, and underlying message of hope, this wonderfully original novel explores the impact of doomsday on the imagination of one smart and funny twelve-year-old boy. And more Rex Zero adventures are promised! Rex Zero and the End of the World is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Tim Wynne-Jones

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TIM WYNNE-JONES is one of Canada's premier children's authors. His most recent novel, A Thief in the House of Memory, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice. He lives near Perth, Ontario.
 
Published February 20, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 192 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rex Norton-Norton (known as Rex Zero to his friends) has plenty of worries.

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After a childhood spent moving constantly across two countries, Rex wonders why his parents can't settle down.

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Lonely and friendless, Rex Norton-Norton has just moved to Ottawa.

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Wynne-Jones (A Thief in the House of Memory ) draws on his own childhood to describe events leading up to the Cold War. In the summer of 1962, narrator Rex Harris

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As Rex muses on the idea of the world ending, he understands that "one world seems to come crashing to a halt and you invent another."

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They are responsible for Rex's interesting new nomenclature: the boys call him Rex Norton-Norton (a name of Welsh descent), which translates to "Rex Zero" (Norton minus Norton equals zero).

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