David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and actor, who spends eighty to one hundred days each year as a visiting author in schools across Canada. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Old Man, which was short-listed for the Forest of Reading White Pine award, and Numbers which won the Sakura Medal in Japan. He lives in the foothills west of Claresholm, Alberta.
#1 Calgary Herald Bestseller
Just when Andy starts to feel like he finally belongs, can he stand up to the person he trusted the most?
Andy Crockett doesnâ€™t fit in at his new school â€” not with the goths, not with the jocks, and certainly not with the brains. Not even, really, with The Six, a group of misfits who hang out with each other mostly because they canâ€™t stand hanging out with anyone else.
But maybe Andyâ€™s luck is changing â€¦ and all because he is in Mr. Reztlaffâ€™s grade ten social class â€” Mr. Retzlaff, the coolest teacher; in fact, the coolest thing about Parkerville Comprehensive. Social is awesome from day one. Itâ€™s the class that looks at World War II, Hitler, and the Holocaust. Itâ€™s the class Andy wants to ace â€” and make Mr. Retzlaff proud.
But eventually Andy also begins to understand that acing the class might just have a greater cost than heâ€™s willing to pay. And when it turns out that Mr. Retzlaff might not be so cool after all, Andy is facing the most difficult decision of his life.
In Andyâ€™s accessible, matter-of-fact first-person narrative, Poulsen explores a topic not often covered in teen fiction.
A worthwhile purchase for libraries looking to fill a niche.
Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to both school and community library collections.
Numbers is a deeply moving, nuanced, and fascinating depiction of how confusion and vulnerability can sometimes cause damages that can never be fully repaired.
Poulsen did a good job with characterization, which was vital in order to explain how a Holocaust denier could come to hold such sway over his audience.
Both as a nostalgic reminder of one's high school years and an inspiration to think thoroughly, independently, and compassionately, Numbers should be very close to number one on your reading list.
A book about Holocaust denial . . . with a complex plot which will thoroughly engage teenage readers.
Numbers is a cautionary tale about the importance of questioning authority and demonstrates how easy it is to be swayed by charisma over facts â€” lessons which need to be re-learned over and over again from one generation to the next.