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The Blue Helmet

(2006)
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Lee wants to be a Tarantula - a member of the biggest, most powerful gang in his neighbourhood. But when his initiation goes wrong and the police catch him robbing an auto supply store, Lee's father sends him to live with his aunt in New Toronto.

Lee feels more lost than ever. His mother's death from cancer, and his father's constant absence working two jobs mean he has practically had to raise himself. But though he initially resists his Aunt Reena and the customers of Reena's Unique Café - a ragtag collection of the unusual, the unkempt and the deeply eccentric - Lee gradually learns to open himself up to his new surroundings. When Lee strikes up an unlikely friendship he is suddenly confronted by the ravages of violence, and is forced to face the consequences of his own aggression.

The Blue Helmet is a powerful portrait of one young man's struggle to come into his own, and the peace that comes from the achievement.

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Hardback Editions

August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Blue Helmet
Author(s): William Bell
ISBN: 0-385-66246-7 / 978-0-385-66246-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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Paperback Editions

January 2009 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Blue Helmet
Author(s): William Bell
ISBN: 0-7704-3002-3 / 978-0-7704-3002-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Seal Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


August 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Blue Helmet
Author(s): William Bell
ISBN: 0-385-66247-5 / 978-0-385-66247-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA