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Rhino Boy

John Brindley

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ISBN 10: 1858817978 / ISBN 13: 9781858817972
Published by Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ), 2000
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Rhino Boy

Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Ryan is an ordinary boy with an ordinary life - until the day he grows a rhinoceros horn in the middle of his forehead. And now Ryan the school bully knows how it feels to be jeered at and whispered about; he knows what it's like to be the result of a media frenzy. He knows what it does to the mother he sneers at, the sister he snipes at, the father he hardly ever sees. And all Ryan's anger, fear, shame and disillusionment explode.


A story about a teenage boy with a rhinoceros horn in the middle of his forehead demands to be read--so unlikely is its central theme, so bizarre its overlapping tale of family strife and bullying that readers should come away from John Brindley's Rhino Boy with mixed feelings of fascination, hilarity and sometimes gut-wrenching tragedy.

Despite his mad mother, nagging sister, absentee drunken father and overbearing friends, Ryan Bright is an ordinary young man. His life only becomes extraordinary when he smacks a kid around the head at school for taking the mickey out of a particularly nasty spot on Ryan's forehead. The spot then develops into a white, solid, painful rhino horn. This growing protuberance attracts all the wrong kind of attention--at the most embarrassing time in Ryan's life when he just wants a hole in the ground to open up and swallow him. The baying media frenzy camped outside his front door he can just about cope with. It's the other things closer to home--the more personal stuff--that are causing him an even bigger headache.

It's difficult to judge whether this unconventional, but surprisingly readable, novel will find the appreciative audience it deserves. John Brindley tries to use a distinctly unrealistic angle to tell the very real story of an angry young man who needs to learn a few hard lessons in life--and he just about manages to pull it off. If for no other reason, try Rhino Boy simply because the whole idea of a boy with a whopping great rhinoceros horn sticking out of his head is so wonderfully ludicrous. 11 and over. --John McLayEND

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