By Lisa Graff

ISBN-10: 0399164057

ISBN-13: 9780399164057

From the writer of the nationwide ebook Award nominee A Tangle of Knots comes an inspiring novel approximately realizing who you're and doing what you love.

Albie hasn't ever been the neatest child in his type. He hasn't ever been the tallest. Or the simplest at gymnasium. Or the best artist. Or the main musical. in reality, Albie has a protracted record of the issues he's no longer first-class at. yet then Albie will get a brand new babysitter, Calista, who is helping him determine all the issues he's strong at and the way he can take pleasure in himself.

A excellent better half to Lisa Graff's nationwide ebook Award-nominated A Tangle of Knots, this novel explores the same subject in a pragmatic modern global the place children will simply be capable to relate their very own struggles to Albie's. nice for enthusiasts of Rebecca Stead's Liar and secret agent, RJ Palacio's ask yourself and Cynthia Lord's ideas.

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My clothes’s dry now, and I feel better. I know the rest of the children go’n tease me, though. “Bill, why don’t you and the rest of the seventh graders put your arithmetic problems on the board,” Miss Hebert says. ” Bill and them stand up, and I watch them go to the blackboard in the back. ” Miss Hebert says. I turn and I see her sitting behind her desk. And I see Billy Joe Martin standing in the corner with his face to the wall. “Come up to the front,” Miss Hebert says. I go up there looking down at the floor, because I know she go’n whip me now.

Mama, please,” Mama says. ” Gran’mon says. indd 31 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s “Not in front of him,” Mama says. Mama leaves the fireplace and goes to the bundle of clothes. I can hear her untying the bundle. ” Uncle Al asks. “I don’t want go,” I say. ” “It’s never too cold for school,” Mama says. ” I get closer to the fire and I feel the fire hot on my pants. I turn around and warm my back. I turn again, and Uncle Al leans over and buttons my coat. Uncle Al’s pipe almost gets in my face, and it don’t smell good.

I love my baby,” he says. “I love my baby. ” “Sitting at the fireplace warming,” I say. “Mr. ” Daddy pushes me away real quickly and looks in my face. ” he asks. ” “Just them,” I say. “Uncle Al’s drinking coffee at the table. ” Daddy looks toward the house. “This the last straw,” he says. “I’m turning your Gran’mon in this minute. And you go’n be my witness. ” I ask. “To that preacher’s house,” Daddy says. ” Daddy grabs my hand and me and him go up the quarter. I can see all the children going back to school.

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