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Crap Kingdom



by
DC Pierson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Viking
ISBN
9780670014323
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Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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Tom is thrilled to find out that he is the Chosen One of a faraway kingdom. Then he learns that the kingdom is made of Earth's trash, and nobody there likes him.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

5.8: points 11

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2013

Book Genres


Topics

Heroes. Fantasy worlds. Dating. High school theater. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Junior Library Guild

  • A funny and insightful story that successfully combines high school angst and high fantasy heroics.
  • Tom Parking is an endearing and richly portrayed everyboy: he’s awkward around Lindsy, his drama-class crush, and he expects he’ll never get what he secretly wants, which is to become the chosen hero of an endangered world.
  • Tom seems to get his wish when a strange man summons him to a distant kingdom . . . that turns out to be hilariously awful. The magic portal to it is inside a clothing donation bin; most of the population appears unhappy or unstable; and the king is a cruel man who rules from inside a fiberglass castle taken from a miniature-golf course. The absurd details are reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch, but they add up to a full and believable world, which is eventually revealed to be much bigger and more complex than Tom had imagined.
  • DC Pierson doesn’t allow the novel’s unique premise to devolve into mere cleverness. Instead, he takes the plot in surprising and rewarding directions. For example, Tom rejects the kingdom’s overtures for him to be their savior, but later regrets the decision and tries to take it back—only to find that the king has found a new Chosen One, someone Tom knows very well.
  • Though the novel parodies traditional hero tales, in a smart twist it ultimately becomes one. The climax is a grand battle with enormous stakes and a gratifying outcome.

School Library Journal

Tom Parking figured his life was too normal for him ever to be whisked off to an alternate world like a character in a book or movie, much as that would please him. Then his estranged father shows up in the guise of Gark and takes him, via the used-clothes donation box, to an unnamed kingdom of salvaged junk to be their Chosen One. When the teen’s reception by the king is less than enthusiastic and he winds up being assigned to the Royal Rat-Snottery to prove his worth, Tom decides to return home to consider his options. He focuses on trying to win the attention of beautiful Lindsy Kopec instead of trying to be the salvation of a “crap kingdom.” But when his friend Kyle takes his place as the Chosen One, wins over the king, and acquires magical powers, Tom can’t help but be jealous. To add insult to injury, the soul that inhabits Tom’s body whenever he visits Kyle is the brave and confident type of guy he always wished he could be. Everything comes to a head when Tom is captured by an enemy king and forced into the army that is bent on destroying the unnamed kingdom. When his friend’s life is in jeopardy, Tom discovers that there is much more to him than he has ever given himself credit for. Put this one on your list of good reads for guys.—Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • A funny and insightful story that successfully combines high school angst and high fantasy heroics.
  • Tom Parking is an endearing and richly portrayed everyboy: he’s awkward around Lindsy, his drama-class crush, and he expects he’ll never get what he secretly wants, which is to become the chosen hero of an endangered world.
  • Tom seems to get his wish when a strange man summons him to a distant kingdom . . . that turns out to be hilariously awful. The magic portal to it is inside a clothing donation bin; most of the population appears unhappy or unstable; and the king is a cruel man who rules from inside a fiberglass castle taken from a miniature-golf course. The absurd details are reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch, but they add up to a full and believable world, which is eventually revealed to be much bigger and more complex than Tom had imagined.
  • DC Pierson doesn’t allow the novel’s unique premise to devolve into mere cleverness. Instead, he takes the plot in surprising and rewarding directions. For example, Tom rejects the kingdom’s overtures for him to be their savior, but later regrets the decision and tries to take it back—only to find that the king has found a new Chosen One, someone Tom knows very well.
  • Though the novel parodies traditional hero tales, in a smart twist it ultimately becomes one. The climax is a grand battle with enormous stakes and a gratifying outcome.

School Library Journal

Tom Parking figured his life was too normal for him ever to be whisked off to an alternate world like a character in a book or movie, much as that would please him. Then his estranged father shows up in the guise of Gark and takes him, via the used-clothes donation box, to an unnamed kingdom of salvaged junk to be their Chosen One. When the teen’s reception by the king is less than enthusiastic and he winds up being assigned to the Royal Rat-Snottery to prove his worth, Tom decides to return home to consider his options. He focuses on trying to win the attention of beautiful Lindsy Kopec instead of trying to be the salvation of a “crap kingdom.” But when his friend Kyle takes his place as the Chosen One, wins over the king, and acquires magical powers, Tom can’t help but be jealous. To add insult to injury, the soul that inhabits Tom’s body whenever he visits Kyle is the brave and confident type of guy he always wished he could be. Everything comes to a head when Tom is captured by an enemy king and forced into the army that is bent on destroying the unnamed kingdom. When his friend’s life is in jeopardy, Tom discovers that there is much more to him than he has ever given himself credit for. Put this one on your list of good reads for guys.—Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA

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