Cheeseburger Subversive by Richard ScarsbrookCheeseburger Subversive by Richard Scarsbrook

Cheeseburger Subversive

byRichard Scarsbrook

Paperback | October 25, 2006

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We have all been there: those sublime and ordinary moments in growing up that create the evolution of change, or as Cheeseburger Subversive’s Dak Sifter would call it, a &quotshifting of gears&quot. Scarsbrook’s novel captures the weird logic of self discovery that marks the explorations of boy becoming man, and in its noise and thrashing, explodes the maturity myth. Short listed for the 2004 Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Canadian Book Award!

Richard Scarsbrook hails from Toronto, Ontario, and has had his fiction and poetry published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. He is the winner of many literary awards, including the 2002 Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Short Story Competition, the 2001 New Orphic Short Story Contest, and the 1998 Hinterland...
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Title:Cheeseburger SubversiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.42 × 5.54 × 0.55 inPublished:October 25, 2006Publisher:Thistledown PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1894345541

ISBN - 13:9781894345545

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny I liked this book, I found it funny about the hardships males go through while growing up.
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Very Funny! As a bookseller I received a copy of the book from the author at his author signing. I thought great, here's another book that an author expects me to read. I was more than surprised when this book ended up being one of my favourite books last year. I read it right before Christmas and it has one of the funniest Christmas stories I've ever read in it. This book is a great novel of the evolution from boy to man. Thanks Richard for a great read.
Date published: 2004-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a cool book! This is a very cool book - funny and touching. Richard Scarsbrook is a gifted storyteller who expertly balances tension and hilarity. The book's structure is fairly unique, in that each chapter stands alone as a story recounting one critical (and usually funny) incident in the formation of the main character, Dak Sifter; Yet, when put together, the chapters tell a complete and satisfying tale of a decent kid's struggle to survive growing up. Everyone, both teens and adults, should read this book. You will laugh like crazy while reading it, and you'll be left with things to think about when you are finished. Read 'Cheeseburger Subversive'. You'll thank me!
Date published: 2004-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Evolution of a Boy To say Cheeseburger Subversive is a coming-of-age tale misses what makes the novel so much more than that. In this short book, one appropriate for both teenagers and adults, Dak Sifter must pass a series of tests as he moves toward manhood. But in Cheeseburger Subversive, almost all these tests involve power: whether Dak can overcome his first attempt at mowing the lawn despite the abuse of a macho neighbor; or somehow save an abused boy obsessed with contacting the alien civilization he believes will rescue him; or face down a local cult-like church. First experiences with motorized power, or lack thereof, from said lawnmower to a minibike to a would-be hot rod, accentuate the battle between Dak's inner David and Goliath. An early and hilarious episode, in which a collection of Godzilla-like relatives invades the family Christmas, is worth the price of admission alone. The theme of personal politics at boy's eye-level makes Scarsbrook's novel unique, one which will remind adults that childhood is filled with conflicts often more terrifying than those we later face, if only because we have yet to learn what motivates our adversaries...and how far they'll go in their quest for power.
Date published: 2004-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Finally, a realistic bildungsroman that captures all the poignant, humourous and horrific events that shape modern youths.
Date published: 2003-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Richard Scarsbrook displays an enourmous amount of creativity in his book. I laughed through most chapters, and found a few parts of the book which i knew actually happened to be even funnier than when i heard it the first time. It is an absolute must read, and I encourage everyone to get a copy, and I know for sure that I will be reading the sequel (whenever it comes out) all in all, it was great!!!!
Date published: 2003-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Cheeseburger Subversive is a hilarious book - I laughed through every chapter. Dak Sifter is one of the best-drawn characters I've run across in some time. I really hope Scarsbrook writes a sequel soon - the ending begs for a follow-up. Great stuff!
Date published: 2003-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Truly outstanding. Scarsbrook really displays the marvel of youth and growing up.
Date published: 2003-04-28