Only You Can Save Mankind
(If Not You, Who Else?) The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy
by Terry Pratchett (1992)
The first book in Pratchett's trio, although having already read the 2nd book they aren't connected story wise... Johnny enters a video game to help the aliens reach safety, all while dealing with his tough home life and the Gulf War on tv... many pop culture and "Stormin' Norman" references, but they're not as awkward as in the next book... a little confused in parts, but so is Johnny -- dreaming, dieing, going crazy? -- but ends with strong anti-war/violence message, and good for discussion of who and when is it right to fight? And just who will save mankind?
the thrid book is Johnny and the Bomb (1996)
connections: video games, un-popular kids, divorce, perception of reality, pacifism vs war