Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Other Normals
THE OTHER NORMALS by Ned Vizzini. Balzer and Bray, September 2012.
Perry (short for Peregrine) has been exiled to summer camp. His parents are concerned about his lack of friends and his seeming obsession with an RPG (role playing game) called Creatures and Caverns. At first, camp seems to be everything Perry has feared: bullies, cliques, threats. However, Perry soon discovers there is much more to this camp than meets the eyes. When he is transported to the World of the Other Normals, he meets Mortin Enaw, one of the creators of his favorite RPG. Now Peregrine is involved in an ultimate battle of good versus evil. He must help rescue the proverbial damsel in distress from villains who heretofore have exited only in his fantasy. As he has done in previous works (BE MORE CHILL, IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY), Vizzini knows how to create eccentric characters who are self deprecating but, ultimately, come to find their own way in life. Kids who are fans of RPGs will find this book. Help other readers, those kids who feel that they do not fit in (and is that not most adolescents) find this funny, fast moving, other normal novel. <468>