Richard Scarsbrook's
latest novel is here!

NOTHING MAN
and
The PURPLE ZERO
from
Cormorant / Dancing Cat Books!

(Winner of the Canadian Booksellers' Association's Libris Award - Small Press Publisher of 2012!)




NOTHING MAN and The PURPLE ZERO
NOTHING MAN and The PURPLE ZERO
richardscarsbrook.com

Get
 Nothing Man and The Purple Zero
at:
Chapters/Indigo
or
Amazon (Canada)
or
Amazon (USA)
or
Barnes and Noble

Or walk into your local book store and ask for it!


About the book:


In an age where the lines are so blurred, what does it mean to be a hero?  The "Dynamic Trio" of Marty Apostrophes, Bill Brown, and Elizabeth Murphy are about to find out.

Bill and Marty are from opposite sides of the tracks, but their friendship allows them to overcome bullies and scrape through classes (with Bill doing most of the scraping).

Bill's obsession with the classic cars owned by Marty's family leads to a joyride in a 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton, and the accidental foiling of a robbery… which is caught on video by their friend, aspiring teen reporter Elizabeth Murphy.

The video goes viral, and Marty and Bill (or their accidental alter egos, Nothing Man and the Purple Zero) become instant celebrities.

Is this a fleeting moment of fame? Or are the trio living up to a destiny foretold by a dying principal, who reminded them that "Some have greatness thrust upon them"?

In Nothing Man and the Purple Zero, award-winning author Richard Scarsbrook brings us back to the fictional every-town of Faireville, for adventure, love. . . and laughter!






Reviews of
Nothing Man and The Purple Zero:


"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)

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"
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!"

A "BEST BOOKS OF 2013" SELECTION!

- Resource Links Magazine (January 2014)

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"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!"

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

- CanLit - Books for Kids and Teens (Winter 2013 - 2014)

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" ... 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,
undeiably 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."

RECOMMENDED.

- Canadian Children's Book News  (Winter 2014)