Rex Zero And The End Of The World

Rex Zero And The End Of The World

Book - 2006
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It's the summer of 1962, and to twelve-year-old Rex the world is starting to look like a pretty scary place. On TV there are reports about the Russians and a nuclear war. Some people in his new neighborhood are even building bomb shelters in their backyards. Rex learns that there's trouble closer to home as well. A black panther has escaped from a zoo and he and his friends are sure they have spotted the creature in their local park -- and it is Rex who comes up with a plan to trap it.

In this smart, vivid and touching novel, Tim Wynne-Jones explores the time and place of his own childhood when a kid could spend an entire summer below the radar of adults. But it was also a time of great uncertainty and menace, when memories of an old war were still fresh, and fears of a new one were looming.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780888997593


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Jul 10, 2016

Cute story with familiar references to a past era. I can b relate to moving to a new place when I was 10 years old. Not fun!

samdog123 Jul 17, 2009

It's 1962 and Rex and his family have just moved to Ottawa. From a 10 year old boy's point of view, its a fairly boring summer until he makes some friends. The cuban missile threat is a prominent theme throughout the book. I'd forgotten what a big event that was at the time.

May 30, 2008

Great story for any adult who remembers the cold war, the threat of nuclear bombs and the construction of bomb shelters in the backyard. A good little mystery for children but the references will keep adults engaged. Child minds are always interesting. Very good read.

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Mar 15, 2011

GLNovak thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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