AUTHOR = ANNA FIENBERG
GENRE = FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, PARENTS, GROWING UP, IDENTITY
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7 – 9
Louis is not your typical hero but he finds himself in a situation where courage and loyalty are needed, and where he must make some important decisions and take action. Louis loves words and would much rather read, take notes and add to his ‘Word Bank’ than join his mates Singo, Hassan and Elena skateboarding or playing basketball. However, Louis’ father comes from a long line of wrestlers and tries constantly to share moves and arm-wrestles with him, despite his own doubtful skill. When a burglar breaks in one night, Louis fails to use his wrestling moves but instead uses his own special skill—words—with unexpected results. The intruder is Cordelia, an older girl who has run away from family problems and whom Louis and his mates decide to hide. This is a humorous yet thoughtful book with great characters. Through Louis, the author celebrates the richness of language and suggests that there is a hero in all of us, and that if we are true to ourselves we can be true to others. This book is a 2013 CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers.
Recommended (mrsk) ****