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A Hero at the End of the World (Paperback)

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By Erin Claiborne, Jade Liebes (Illustrator)
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Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it's his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain for as long as he can remember. Although he's just a normal boy, deep down Ewan is confident that he has exactly what it takes to be a hero. But when Ewan's big moment comes and his best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, Ewan's bright future crumbles before his eyes. Five years later, while Ewan is living at home and working a minimum wage job, Oliver has a job as an Unusual in the government's Serious Magical Crimes Agency, the life he and Ewan always dreamed of. A routine investigation leads him and his partner, Sophie Stuart, to uncover a dangerous and powerful cult... one that seems to have drawn his former best friend into a plot to end the world. A deftly plotted, hysterically funny journey through magical London and beyond, A Hero at the End of the World expertly walks the fine line between satire and sincerity. Its sensitive depiction of a broken friendship and wry takedown of unfairly great expectations will appeal to all readers of modern fantasy.

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School Library Journal (01/01/2015):
Gr 9 Up--Ewan Mao was destined to save the world. Prophesied as slayer of the evil Duff Slan, he has spent most of his life reaping the benefits of being the "chosen one: " namely, skipping school and flouting the rules of magical law enforcement. But when the time comes, it isn't 16-year-old Ewan who completes his gargantuan task--it's his best friend, Oliver Abrams. Seven years later, the two are living very different lives. Oliver is working a dream job at the Serious Magical Crimes Agency and living up to his full "hero" potential, while Ewan is sulking as the barista of a rundown coffee shop and living with his parents. When Ewan (accidentally) joins an evil cult with destruction in mind, the estranged pair must reunite in order to save the universe. This hilarious twist on the magical boarding school genre is excellently done, embracing familiar tropes while simultaneously turning them on their heads. Claiborne manages to create characters who are imperfect, but not unlikable. Oliver, for instance, is a hero who knows it; he is admirably brave yet unbearably haughty, with an inflated ego matched only by wealthy quasi-villain Archibald Gardener Hobbes (who also happens to be Ewan's love interest). With equal parts action and wit, this novel will hook fans of fantasy and snark alike. Liebes's graceful illustrations perfectly complement the beauty, and the danger, lurking in this mythical Britain.--"Ashleigh Williams", School Library Journal Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780990484400
ISBN-10: 0990484408
Publisher: Big Bang Press
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Pages: 308
Language: English

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