The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13b by Teresa TotenThe Unlikely Hero Of Room 13b by Teresa Toten

The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13b

byTeresa Toten

Paperback | August 27, 2013

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Two-time Governor General's Award nominee Teresa Toten is back with a compulsively readable new book for teens!

When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her--to play Batman to her Robyn--whatever the cost. But when you're fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a "normal" relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that's not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam's mother has started to receive . . .

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down.

TERESA TOTEN is the author of the acclaimed Blondes series, as well as The Game, The Onlyhouse and, with Eric Walters, The Taming. She has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Text and has won or been nominated for numerous other awards, including the OLA White Pine Award, the Ruth Schwartz Aw...
Title:The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13bFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.63 × 0.69 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385678347

ISBN - 13:9780385678346


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Message The book started off slowly, which makes you want to put it down but once you get a few chapters in, you won't want to put it down. The book has a good message and also has a cute (and relatable) love story tied in.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good. Extremely well-written. Definitely worth your time.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved it! Adam has OCD and has to go to Group every Monday. On the first session of this group, he meets Robyn and falls in love with her instantly. He now has a new motivation to get better: make Robyn fall in love with him, too. This book is just sooo amazing! I liked everything of it. The characters are so strong even though they are going through so many things. Adam’s motivation to get better, so that he can be with Robyn is very touching. I also really love how all the characters of the Group found themselves a superhero identity. It made me realise that everyone is a hero in his own way. Finally, this is an awesome and powerful book that I recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I had no expectation when I started reading this book, but within pages, I knew I had something very special in my hands. Adam Spencer Ross is a young man with issues, he counts everything obsessively. One week, while attending his OCD group therapy session, a new member walks in and almost immediately Adam knows that their fates are linked, that he could love her. This prompts him to work harder at making changes in his life that have far reaching impacts he couldn't have imagined. His personal changes starts ripples throughout the members of his group. I love this book. I love Adam, there is something about him that calls out to me. He seems so earnest in wanting to improve himself. I particularly like how he helps his little step-brother deal with his anxiety. Even though I am not a boy and no longer a teen, his behaviour seems right on. I find Adam to be an inspiring character. He shows that personal growth is quite possible even through small, seemingly inconsequential improvements. And the super hero angle, it shows that each of us is capable of huge acts if only we can shed the baggage we carry around that is stopping us. Author Teresa Toten won the Governor General Award for Children's Literature for this book in 2013 along with a number of other important awards.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brilliant coming of age novel ! I couldn't put this book down once I started. Toten does an excellent job if creating multi-dimensional characters that you really grow to care about. Adam is a sweet, struggling teen with so many obstacles but still ends up to be a superhero. This is a great portrait of OCD without being trite. A great read for teens and adults.
Date published: 2014-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I loved this book! It was funny, heart warming and heart-wrenching all in turn. Definitely deserved the Governor General's award that it won!
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Superhero Stars This book is a love story, a coming-of-age story, and a fascinating story of living with obsessive compulsive disorder. It's also one of the most heartfelt books I've read this year. Teresa Toten takes us on a journey through the eyes of Adam, an absolutely swoon-worthy teenage boy who is not only struggling with his own OCD, but also with the issues of those in his world. Adam is a young man who just wants everyone and everything to be Normal. This book is a must read for everyone. It's not your typical YA read. It's easy to see a little bit of ourselves in this beautifully written and unputdownable book! 5 Superhero Stars!
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely enjoyed When fourteen year old Adam meets slightly older Robyn at the support group for teens coping with OCD, he's immediately drawn to her. He wants to know her, help her, protect her. But Adam's already dealing with divorced parents, a young stepbrother, and his own challenges with OCD. Plus his mother's been receiving threatening letters. First, I think this book did a really good job showing how hard it is to live with OCD, the different aspects, different triggers, the different ways it affects different people. Adam's a character that was really easy to feel for. His fear for his family, his frustration, his confusion, desperation, wanting to get better. So much about him felt realistic. I really enjoyed the support group sessions and how they slowly started trusting each other and becoming friends, and Adam's relationships with his mom, dad, stepmom, and little brother. His struggle was so heartbreaking. I also like that the lists Adam's therapist asked him to write for homework were included and, with the members of the support group choosing(mostly) superheroes for alter-egos, there was a touch of comic book every once and again. Out of all the others in the support group, Thor was definitely my favorite. I also like that it was a whole process. There was no promises of a cure, just support and hope, and 'if this doesn't work then we can try this', just like real life. This could be a good book to help people understand more about OCD without the feel that they're reading a textbook, and with getting a more personal touch by seeing everything through a relatable character's eyes. *I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2013-07-24

Editorial Reviews

“[A]n amazing read about the twists and turns of teenage life and the difficulty of living with OCD. . . . it will be almost impossible to put down! I would recommend this book to teenagers who are fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell.” ―The Guardian (UK)“A compassionate, funny, heartwarming story about a band of misfit teens—It's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for the YA set.” —Susin Nielsen, Governor General’s Award-winning author of The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. LarsenPraise for The Taming"Walters and Toten offer an unflinching look at the dark side of young love that is both believable and--importantly--entertaining." —Quill & Quire (starred review)"Emotional manipulation, fights, making up, sex, abuse--it's all here in one fast read. This collaborative work is bound to catch the attention of teens and fans of books that look beyond the fluff and sparkle of so many teen romances." —CM Magazine