By Neil Smith

Boo is the hugely expected debut novel from probably the most incomparable voices in Canadian literature: Bang Crunch writer Neil Smith.

Oliver Dalrymple, nicknamed "Boo" due to his light complexion and staticky hair, is an outcast at his Illinois heart school--more attracted to biology and chemistry than the friendship of alternative youngsters. yet after a sad coincidence, Boo wakes as much as locate himself in a really unusual kind of heaven: a city populated in simple terms by way of 13-year-old americans. whereas he desperately desires to follow the clinical technique to learn how this heaven works (broken glass grows again; flashlights glow with no batteries; rubbish chutes plummet to nowhere), he's faced by way of the best secret of all--his friends. With assistance from his classmate Johnny, who was once killed whilst, Boo starts to determine what precisely occurred to them (and who they truly have been again in the US) via this tale approximately growing to be up, staying younger and the unending heartbreak of being thirteen.

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No,” he said firmly. “There is no shame in hiding from a Privileged. ” Taniel began heading back. ” “Then you go alone. ” Taniel attempted to get his bearings, but Milgi was right. It was easy to get turned around in this swamp. He didn’t know the terrain, and he didn’t know how to spot swamp dragons and snappers hiding in the water. ” he shouted, startled to find the girl already at his side. “Ka-poel. ” She gave Milgi a mocking smile and nodded. “She has no fear,” Milgi said. ” 33 Ka-poel narrowed her eyes at Milgi, and the man took half a step back.

There was usually at least one in every company. Their skills always proved useful in any army. His eyes stopped on one bright dot in the Else. The Privileged. She was inside one of the houses, probably sound asleep in a feather bed. He could try a shot right now, while she was asleep and unmoving. It would be the easiest thing. But even if he managed to float the bullet through a window and around the corner—almost impossible at this range—he’d still afterwards have to flee into the swamp at night.

They won’t find us deep in the swamp. ” Taniel didn’t feel so well. His side ached, his head was light from little food, and his feet hurt. He hadn’t been dry since last night, and the idea of being anywhere near that Privileged scared the piss out of him. But if he didn’t go back, his militia company and their savage allies would die. ” Milgi wagged his finger under Taniel’s nose as if Taniel were a slow child. ” He forced the words out, wondering if he still believed them. Sitting in a barracks, listening to his father’s stories, it had been easy enough to think he could kill a Privileged.

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