"I'm writing because it's starting to get to me. Plus I need to tell someone," begins thirteen-year-old Alex. Through letters to his only friend Graham, Alex breaks his aloneness and confronts the truth. Alex is afraid--afraid of his dad, afraid of kids at school, worried about his brother, and most of all, angry at himself for being a wuss. How can a young teen make his life different, become a new person that people like? This moving novel for young people asks questions about friendship and loyalty, love and fear, about peer pressure and bullying, and about loss. It explores the growth of self-confidence through small and increasingly bigger successes. It looks at daring to dream and daring to risk. This sometimes dark but always hopeful story is set in rural Ontario and tells of an imaginative and determined boy's struggle to become a strong and thoughtful young man.
Used availability for Rie Charles's No More Dragons
September 2010 : Canada Paperback