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by John Lekich
A funny, feisty, and charming novel.Alex Sherwood would like to blend in and keep a low profile in his local high school. His plan is thwarted when he inadvertently becomes hero to a group of so-called losers. As Alex says, Everywhere I turned some zit-faced loser wanted me to be an oasis from constant torment. How could I refuse? After all, I was a zit-faced loser.The tor ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 7th 2002 by Turtleback Books
(first published September 1st 2002)
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Alex is the "King of the Losers." Because he walks with crutches due to cerebral palsy, Alex is spared the physical violence, if not the psychological manipulation, of Jerry Whitman and the boys: the group of bullies that extort money from the school's losers. Consequently, Winston, Manny and the others recognize Alex's personal space as the safest place to be. They also have in common that they have no true adult supervision. Alex's dad is on the run from lawsuits, Winston's parents actually wo ...more
Although Alex Sherwood is one of the losers at his high school the local bully, Jerry Whitman, never seems to attack him so he brefriends and assists the other losers in the school earning himself the nickname, the Saviour. Jerry eventually confronts Alex and the two end up in a challenge that comprises Jerry's father and his gang and all the losers and associated adults in the high school.
John was born in Vancouver, B.C., the youngest of six kids. He has a twin sister who is a full 15 minutes older and has always been at least a few minutes wiser and smarter. Born with cerebral palsy, he spent a lot of time reading books on such varied subjects as dogs, detectives, and baseball players. When he was 14, his older brother Bill suggested he read a novel by Mark Harris called Bang the ...moreMore about John Lekich...