…a well-written, plot driven story full of action and surprises. --Juvenile Book Review Committee, Juneau Public Libraries
From the excellent beginning sentence to the last line The Brute has readers on the edge of their chairs. The gripping, tumultuous adventures of 16 year old Fortney Curtis, as he is literally tossed into the grips of a tornado's aftermath, are equal to that of a modern day hero's journey...Mike Klaassen s first book shines as a well-crafter novel. The book doesn't flinch at gory images, gross humor, and real pre teen and teen language... The book is successful because it is encased in gritty truth about modern day life on a Kansas day life on a Kansas prairie. The story shows teen boys that they can learn to cope with their own inner hurdles while facing life s outer challenges. Kudos to Mike Klaassen for such a page-turning tale; and kudos to all the readers who risk embarking on this literary journey. Highly recommended for young adult readers twelve and older. --Judith Nasse, Children's Book Reviews, Online
...There are fist-fights, broken bones and a gross factor that will appeal to Klaassen's target audience. --Hollingswort, El Dorado Times, August 20, 2005
About the Author
Mike Klaassen was a Boy Scout troop leader for four years in Kansas, earning the Scoutmaster Award of Merit. He lives in the Midwest with his family. This is his first novel.