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Rex Zero, The Great Pretender

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In this installment from Tim Wynne-Jones, Rex Zero’s family is moving—again—this time to a different school district, and his old friends will probably forget he even exists. What’s more, a trio of bullies is out to get him. Rex’s wild and funny adventures continue as he stumbles into seventh grade, pretending to be someone he’s not, and using his overactive imagination to ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Square Fish (first published 2009)
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IndyPL Kids Book Blog
There are a bunch of kids in Rex’s family and he’s moved a lot. He’s finally at a school he likes and has made friends. He’s really looking forward to 7th grade with James, Kathy, Buster and Polly. Especially Polly, if you know what I mean.

When the group finds out Rex has to move across town to another school district they put their heads together to figure out a way to keep Rex at their school. It involves a couple small-ish lies to his sister. (Who cares?)

But Buster is the one who figures out
This is another Red Cedar book for this year.

I wasn’t really sure about this book at first. Rex starts out doing something that I knew was going to get him in trouble. That is the problem with being a grown up reading children’s books. You see the consequences and cringe – either that or you worry yourself silly over the mess these characters can get themselves into.

Thankfully, by the time I finished this book, I loved it and remembered how much I liked the first book in the series.

The Rex seri
October 2010 SLJ-
Gr 5-8–When Rex Zero finds out that his family is moving yet again, he is devastated. Although the move is only across town, it means that he will start middle school at Connaught instead of at Hopewell with James, Buster, and Kathy. The four friends decide that regardless of the Ottawa City Council’s views on zoning, Rex should attend Hopewell as planned. His records have already been sent over there, and when he offers to take his enrollment paperwork to the new school for his
Robert Kent
Rex Zero is a series of humorous historical fiction novels. I haven’t read them all yet, but you can bet I will. The Great Pretender is actually the third book in the series and although it may spoil parts of them, it is not necessary to have read the first two books to enjoy this third. I had no problem picking up the story as a first time reader of Rex and I enjoyed this book a whole lot. It’s funny, it’s exciting, it’s very well written, and it’s got a great story most anyone can relate to. W ...more
Topic: International book
Theme: friendship, pretending, moving, new kid,
My thoughts: This is the concluding book in a series. At this time I have not finished the earlier books, so I will reserve my opinions until I do.

Activity: If you had to move again like Rex what would you pack? Create a list of the items that you would not leave behind and give specific reason for your top five items.
Historical fiction/realistic fiction. Set in the early sixties in Ottawa. My only criticism is that the historical element has simply been thrown in - the story could have been written in the present with nothing lost or gained. This is a rather low key story about a boy who has moved too many times and schemes to stay at this old school. A rather low key adventure with some very realistic dialogue and carefully observed family scenes. The subplot involving Zero (the main character and a bully ( ...more
Dec 12, 2010 Phoebe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cheryl
Rex is used to moving around but the day he finds out that his family must move to the other side of town, he isn't happy. Moving means he won't get to start grade 7 at Hopewell with the rest of his friends. Rex plays on his mother's odd new distracted demeanour to register himself at Hopewell and start taking the bus there, all the while pretending that he's really going to Connaught. Things go along OK until the day Rex gets into a fight--and then the game is up. As usual, readers are offered ...more
I just discovered Tim Wynne-Jones in the Horn Book and I enjoyed this book so much. Zany, funny, serious, never a dull moment. Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero (a friend of his says "Norton minus Norton is zero", hence the nickname) has three older sisters and a toddler brother. His parents are British, but the family lives in Canada and they move a lot. Rex is constantly having to start over--new place, new friends, new school, new doubts and questions. He embarks on some pretty crazy adventures ...more
I can never decide how I feel about Rex Zero. I end up liking all the books by the end, but there's a point in the middle of all of them where I wonder why on earth I'm reading it, not because they're bad, they just drag a little, plus I always have a problem with protagonists who do things they know will get them in trouble and worry about it all the time. Definitely I like the Rex Zero books less than pretty much everything else Time W-J has written, but they are worth reading once, anyway, an ...more
Joseph McGee
Sad that this is the last of the Rex Zero books!! Rex and his sister, Annie Oakley, really grew on me through the series. Wynne-Jones really does a fantastic job in growing the characters through the series of books (even though they can be read as stand alones). Again, great pacing and handling of multiple scenes/settings.

Great middle-grade read. Highly recommended.
Sebastian Johnson
I think this book was really good cause I read it in like a couple of weeks, It went by fast I really want to read the other books by the same author they are Rex Zero books too. I liked this book cause it seemed liked an adventure and it was funny. I fineshed like 4 weeks ago That was a good book I really liked it.
It was a pretty cool book but Rex (the main character) is a little weired and doesn't have the best ideas. It's baisically about a kid in the 1960's, who moves but has a great idea to go to the same school that all his friends are going to without telling his parent. I know this could only end well.
I am a big fan of Rex Zero! This book has been just as good as the others. It is difficult to change schools. I loved how Rex tried to make it easier on himself! But what I liked best was the resolution of the story. Read it to find out how Rex solves his dilemmas!
The Rex Zero books are a lot of fun, and I especially love the plot of this one. Very entertaining.
it is not what you expect from the cover!!
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Tim Wynne-Jones (born 12 August 1948) is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.

Arthur Ellis Award
◊ Best Juvenile (2001): The Boy in the Burning House
Edgar Award
◊ Best You
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