Nothing Man and the Purple Zero

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Awards & Honours

A Resource Links Year’s Best of 2013


“I haven’t laughed so hard since I read Vicki Grant’s books! Nothing Man and the Purple Zero by Richard Scarsbrook is larger-than-life and imaginative, but at its heart it carries an important message for teens: that anyone can be a hero. I loved it because in Scarsbrook’s book, being a superhero is all a matter of perspective. In reality, Bill and Marty stopping the bank robbers in their tracks was the result of a series of very fortunate coincidences, but in the video created by Elizabeth, it appears as though they both have super powers. Scarsbrook pulls off humour and heart in a story that is well-paced with a satisfying ending. After some of the books I’ve been reading it was quite refreshing that Bill and Elizabeth were great role models for a positive romantic relationship.”
– Amy Mathers, of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, for Amy’s Marathon of Books (June 2014)

“Richard Scarsbrook has written an amusing, fast-paced novel for teens. He pokes fun at harsh and unforgiving high school life, with its emphasis on athletics and the ever-present bullying factor … Each of (the) characters is a unique individual with interesting perspectives. Scarsbrook does not shy away from difficult topics such as drugs, bullying and sexuality … he also uses the plays of William Shakespeare … (and) amusing references to history and pop culture such as Star Trek, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Andy Griffith Show. Teenage readers will definitely enjoy this amusing novel, which pokes fun at high school life while revealing what is really important in life!”
Resource Links Magazine (January 2014)

“CanLit liked this book a lot. Our review staff are former teachers/teacher librarians and recognize the fact that this book would certainly appeal to a large group of students. Thank you Richard Scarsbrook for the great read!”
CanLit – Books for Kids and Teens (Winter 2013 – 2014)

“Three new superehroes are exactly what’s needed to trigger a time full of shift, acceptance, and heroism. This unusual novel pulls togther a series of thematic topics and puts a small-town,
undeniably Canadian spin on them … plenty of humorous moments an choice bits of dialogue … (suggests) that, though greatness is thrust upon some, everyone is capable of it.”
Canadian Children’s Book News (Winter 2014)