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The Blue Helmet

by William Bell

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published: Aug 2006
ISBN:9780385662468
publisher: Doubleday Canada
Description

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.

About the Author
William Bell was a teacher and the bestselling author of a number of teen novels.
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Contributor Notes

William Bell’s young adult novels have been translated into nine languages and have won a number of awards, among them the Manitoba Readers’ Choice Award, the Mr. Christie’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, and the Canadian Librarians’ Association Award. He lives in Orillia, Ontario, with author Ting-xing Ye.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
7 to 17
Editorial Review

Winner of the 2007 CLA young adult canadian book award
An OLA top ten best bet for schools and libraries

“William Bell is arguably one of the most wide-ranging and reliable of Canadian authors. His range is impressive. So is the high quality of his writing.”
Books in Canada

The Blue Helmet reminds the reader that all actions have consequences, and that one must take responsibility. . . . Bell has created a fast-paced and moving story of a teen trying to find his place in the world.”
— (Highly Recommended) CM magazine

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The Blue Helmet

When Lee finds himself in trouble with the law for breaking into a building, things seem to finally hit rock bottom for him. In desperation, his father arranges to send the boy to stay with his Aunt Reena. Lee can work in her diner and try to get his life back on track. Bitter, resentful and angry, Lee reluctantly accepts his fate, since it’s either that or go back home and face charges.

Once there, Lee is surprised to discover that it’s not so bad. Aunt Reena comes to rely on him, and he begins to run a delivery service for her. And he makes friends. In particular, one new friendship with a deeply disturbed man has a dramatic impact on Lee. As he eventually pieces together the story of Cutter’s life, Lee also starts to get a handle on the anger that has threatened to overwhelm him for so long.

William Bell’s gift for creating highly memorable teen boy characters is once again in evidence. The story of Lee, a troubled youth whose anger oftentimes gets out of control, gives readers occasion to think about the pain and self-doubt that lead so many teens to act out. The secondary characters in this book are equally engaging, for all their eccentricities. And Cutter’s life story, as it unfolds, is a sad and powerful reminder of war’s terrible capacity for wreaking havoc and ruining lives. Lee’s conscious decision to deal with his own demons and to open himself up to healing gives the story poignancy and a lasting sense of hopefulness.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2007. Vol.30 No.2.

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Lee, in trouble with the police and feeling lost, struggles to mend his broken world. An unlikely friend shows him that he must face the war inside himself before he can find peace.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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