FEARSOME'S HERO by Dona Schenker


Age Range: 9 - 13
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 Never was a sixth grader so mercilessly pursued as Tully Webster of Matagorda Island, Texas, is by Honey Kotcher (a.k.a. Fearsome), a ``nightmare of a girl'' with 30 pounds and four inches on Tully. Last year, he was the enemy Honey nicknamed Boo Hoo after she clobbered him and he cried; now, because he impulsively rescued her from the game warden when she was passing off baby alligators as baby dinosaurs at a quarter a peek, Tully has her gratitude and affection--which, as Tully's friend R.J. Loomis says, ``is as fearsome as her hate.'' When Tully isn't fending off Honey he seeks refuge at home on the Diamond Tail Ranch, where his temperamental horse Risky gives birth and then refuses to nurse her foal, adding to his confusion and distress. Meanwhile, Honey's latest amorous stunt provokes Tully into telling her publicly that he hates her. Once his anger is spent Tully loses his fear, but by that time the whole sixth grade has united against Honey, hungry for revenge after years of torment. Feeling that she is unfairly the target of a hate campaign and softened by knowledge that her father is an abusive brute, Tully finds a way to end the ostracism. A very funny, fast, and folksy story, with lots of local color; by the author of Throw a Hungry Loop (1990). (Fiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: May 2nd, 1994
ISBN: 0-679-85424-X
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1994