Rex Zero and the End of the World

Tim Wynne-Jones

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Why does everyone seem so scared? That’s what the new boy in town, Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero, wonders as he rides his bike through Ottawa’s streets. Is it spies? Kidnappers? Or is it because of the shadowy creature some say is stalking Adams Park? One thing is certain in this summer of 1962 as the Cold War heats up: nothing is quite what it seems. What’s a boy to do? If his name is Rex Zero and he has a bike he calls “Diablo,” five wild and funny siblings, an alpha dog named Kincho, a basement bomb shelter built of old Punch magazines, and a mind that turns everything inside out, he’s bound to come up with an amazing idea.
With its mystery, adventure, laugh-out-loud scenes of family chaos, and underlying message of hope, this wonderfully original novel explores the impact of doomsday on the imagination of one smart and funny twelve-year-old boy. And more Rex Zero adventures are promised! Rex Zero and the End of the World is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


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From Rex Zero and the End of the World
Kincho stops at the top of the steps that lead down into Adams Park. He sits, which is kind of amazing. I didn't know he knew how. It gives us both a chance to catch our breath.
I look at the park stretching out before me. The moon is low in the sky, so all the shadows seem to be pointing right at me. I've never been out this late alone, and it's kind of exciting. The park is long and sinewy, like a snake. The paths look white under the moon. It's so quiet. Dead quiet, dark and empty. It smells of nothing but cool greenness. I sit down on the


Praise for Rex Zero and the End of the World

"Brilliant in its near stream-of-consciousness depiction of the world as Rex sees it . . . The meticulous plotting sets the enormity of world destruction against the equally cataclysmic concerns of childhood.  It's a historic narrative that resonates eerily and effectively today." -Starred, The Horn Book
"Wynne-Jones writes with a light, often humorous touch and maintains a perspective true to an 11-year-old's perspective. This winning hero paints a universe both hopeful and realistic, one that readers may well want to visit."--Starred, Publishers Weekly
"Delightfully nerve-wracking, eccentric and optimistic."  --Kirkus Reviews
"The sense of looming doomsday will hold readers, as will the timeless drama of moving and trying to fit in." -Booklist
"A fast-moving, quirky romp through apocalyptic anxiety."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Eccentric and charming."    --VOYA
"An unusual and appealing title."  --School Library Journal, May 2007

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  • Tim Wynne-Jones

  • TIM WYNNE-JONES is one of Canada's premier children's authors. His most recent novel, A Thief in the House of Memory, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice. He lives near Perth, Ontario.
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Rex Zero and the End of the World

Tim Wynne-Jones

Boston Book Review - Winner, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), USBBY Outstanding International Book, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year