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Rhino Boy Paperback – 19 Jun 2008

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (19 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858817978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858817972
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Having a teenage daughter myself I often read so-called teen fiction, and though I would hate to categorise Brinley's fiction purely as 'teen' (it's appeal is to any age-group over 10, I would say), his exploration of teenagers in trouble and how they intereact with each other, adults and the world is so far ahead of most others that I felt strongly I wanted to write this review. Brindley has a deliberately slightly abrupt, clipped, off-beat way of expressing ideas that matches his subject matter. He has been perfecting this technique in his two previous (also excellent) novels, 'The Terrible Quin' and 'Turning to Stone'. In 'Rhino boy' the means of expression and the subject matter dovetail superbly well.
This is a very powerful - and occasionally violent book - but it is also full of poetry - both in the manner of expression, and in the sympathy with which John engages and helps us to engage with all his characters. A wonderful, page-turning, stormy, thought-provoking novel that satisfies on so many levels.
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I think they should have settled in and set the scene to the story at first, and had the part with the rhino horn about 50-75 pages into the book. But it's a book I'd recommend. It had some very funny parts in it so it's worth reading on a holiday. You can really get stuck into it sometimes. Enjoy!
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