03 August 2011

Underdogs; Markus Zusak

Underdogs (The Underdog; Fighting Ruben Wolfe; Getting the Girl)Underdogs by Markus Zusak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

These three stories tell the story of Cameron Wolfe, youngest child in the Wolfe family. His father is a plumber, Mrs. Wolfe works cleaning at a hospital, oldest brother Steve plays football (Aussie rules), sister Sarah has several serious boyfriends and then there's Ruben, Cam's best (and only) friend.

Throughout the stories we see Cam as the underdog: friendless except for his brother Cam (and somewhat despised by his older brother Steve), unnoticed by girls, scared to fight, and not particularly good at anything. Yet we also see him slowly grow, getting the girl and gaining his family's respect.

This will hold a lot of appeal for the 13+ boys searching for a book that speaks to the family loser (whether or not they are one themselves).

ARC provided by publisher.

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