A bit heavy handed with its message of nonviolence, and the bullies who act as this issue's primary antagonists go far beyond what one normally expects to see from bullies, as the branding scene is downright horrific, and the eyebrows are also raised when they go after Zack with a piece of wood. Still the book does some strong work when it comes to the basic personalities of its cast members, and the writing has a pretty good ear when it comes to delivering realistic sound dialogue, though there are moments when it gets a little hard to ignore that it's trying to teach us a lesson about conflict resolution. The book could also have done a better job of detailing exactly what Zack & his friends are doing, as the best I could figure it they respond to e-mails that are sent to them asking for help, but no mention is made of how people know Zack & his friends provide this service, or what they receive from it beyond the satisfaction of knowing they've helped someone who needed help. Read Full Review
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