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The Blue Helmet

by William Bell

Doubleday Canada | January 27, 2009 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Blue Helmet is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
Lee wants to be a Tarantula – a member of the biggest, most powerful gang in his neighbourhood. But when his initiation goes wrong and the police catch him robbing an auto supply store, Lee’s father sends him to live with his aunt in New Toronto.

Lee feels more lost than ever. His mother’s death from cancer, and his father’s constant absence working two jobs mean he has practically had to raise himself. But though he initially resists his Aunt Reena and the customers of Reena’s Unique Café – a ragtag collection of the unusual, the unkempt and the deeply eccentric – Lee gradually learns to open himself up to his new surroundings. When Lee strikes up an unlikely friendship he is suddenly confronted by the ravages of violence, and is forced to face the consequences of his own aggression.

The Blue Helmet is a powerful portrait of one young man’s struggle to come into his own, and the peace that comes from the achievement.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.88 × 4.16 × 0.61 in

Published: January 27, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770430023

ISBN - 13: 9780770430023

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read I was stumped for a book to use in my grade 7 class. This one was on the librarian's list. I bought it based on short reviews. It was fantastic. It has just the right amount of cliche and humanism that it made students want to learn about the war in Chievo. Very good book. So good, I can't find a follow up...yet.
Date published: 2009-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful, just doens't seem to do it justice. Amazing novel about a troubled kid getting out of a bad place and learning a lot about the world, war and the madness around it.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And what will soldiers in the Middle East be left with? Why do teens and gangs seem to go together? A teen discovers home, friendship, and that some experiences cannot be erased! ............ I also recommend Eric Walters' parallel novel "Shattered" .
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Blue Helmet by Michael Bell This is a really great book. Just when you think you know the message that Bell is trying to go for you are turned in the opposite direction and left to feel as though he is teaching you something new. Great reading material for adolescents; speaks to their level and spouts great messages in surreptitious ways.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very powerful and mysterious The Blue Helmet is a powerful story about a boy who strives to fit in and to find his place in life. The book is very fast-paced and full of suspense and mystery but the plot seems to jump all over the place at times. But full of intensity and adventure, this book is hard to put down no matter how astray the story can get. Teenagers will love it and may be inspired by the boy that one can easily relate to. Overall, it was a satisfying read and conveys some pretty hefty material that is sure to be remembered by all.
Date published: 2006-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very powerful and mysterious The Blue Helmet is a powerful story about a boy who strives to fit in and to find his place in life. The book is very fast-paced and full of suspense and mystery but the plot seems to jump all over the place at times. But full of intensity and adventure, this book is hard to put down no matter how astray the story can get. Teenagers will love it and may be inspired by the boy that one can easily relate to. Overall, it was a satisfying read and conveys some pretty hefty material that is sure to be remembered by all.
Date published: 2006-12-08

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The Blue Helmet

by William Bell

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.88 × 4.16 × 0.61 in

Published: January 27, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770430023

ISBN - 13: 9780770430023

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One "I thought you guys aren’t supposed to smoke on duty.” The fat plainclothes cop named Carpino lowered his window an inch. “You’re a strange one to talk about rules,” he said. The unmarked police car hissed through deserted Sunday morning streets, wipers flapping greasy drizzle from the windshield, the rattling fan fighting a losing battle against condensation. My father would have had a fit if he’d heard the fan, and launched into a rant about proper maintenance. But, as usual, he wasn’taround. I sat up front beside the cop. The car was hot and stuffy and smelled of stale coffee, hamburger grease, and tobacco. With the palm of my hand I squeegeed mist from the side window. Outside, the rain brimmed in the curb gutters, pushing dirt and soggy food wrappers toward plugged sewer grates. My head throbbed and I winced every time the car hit a pothole. I flipped down the visor and examined my face in the vanity mirror. An angry red scab was forming over the split in my swollen upper lip, my nose was puffed and red, and the cheek under one eye was bruised and purple. Disgusted, I pushed the visor back into position. “Anyway,” I told the cop, “you’re wasting your time. I’ll be back.” He dropped his cigarette butt out the window, took a left through an orange light, and headed toward the on-ramp for the highway. “Think about it, Lee,” he replied. “You’ve got no choice here. Y
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Lee wants to be a Tarantula – a member of the biggest, most powerful gang in his neighbourhood. But when his initiation goes wrong and the police catch him robbing an auto supply store, Lee’s father sends him to live with his aunt in New Toronto.

Lee feels more lost than ever. His mother’s death from cancer, and his father’s constant absence working two jobs mean he has practically had to raise himself. But though he initially resists his Aunt Reena and the customers of Reena’s Unique Café – a ragtag collection of the unusual, the unkempt and the deeply eccentric – Lee gradually learns to open himself up to his new surroundings. When Lee strikes up an unlikely friendship he is suddenly confronted by the ravages of violence, and is forced to face the consequences of his own aggression.

The Blue Helmet is a powerful portrait of one young man’s struggle to come into his own, and the peace that comes from the achievement.


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Jacket

An OLA Top Ten Best Bet for schools and libraries

“William Bell is arguably one of the most wide-ranging and reliable of Canadian authors. His range is impressive. So is the high quality of his writing.”
—Books in Canada

“The Blue Helmet reminds the reader that all actions have consequences, and that one must take responsibility. . . . Bell has created a fast-paced and moving story of a teen trying to find his place in the world.”
— (Highly Recommended) CM magazine

About the Author

William Bell’s young adult novels have been translated into nine languages and have won a number of awards, among them the Manitoba Readers’ Choice Award, the Mr. Christie’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, and the Canadian Librarians’ Association Award. He lives in Orillia, Ontario, with author Ting-xing Ye.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

An OLA Top Ten Best Bet for schools and libraries

“William Bell is arguably one of the most wide-ranging and reliable of Canadian authors. His range is impressive. So is the high quality of his writing.”
—Books in Canada

“The Blue Helmet reminds the reader that all actions have consequences, and that one must take responsibility. . . . Bell has created a fast-paced and moving story of a teen trying to find his place in the world.”
— (Highly Recommended) CM magazine

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17