Albie feels like he's not so great at anything - just okay. He was asked to leave his private school because his grades aren't high enough, and no matter how hard he studies for his weekly spelling test, he doesn't seem to do so well. He's not so great at art or sports, and his best friend, who is a triplet, is now part of a reality show and about to become famous. The kids at school don't think he's so cool (or, at least, one popular boy has decided he isn't), and his parents have high expectations for his grades, but he always seems to be disappointing them. How can he find his place and his purpose?
I quite like this author. This book offers so many opportunities for conversations about real-world personal ethics and values. It sits just right for grade 5, but can extend to grade 7 easily (and no disturbing content for advanced Grade 3 readers, either). Very natural, authentic voice.
"Cool kids don't raise their hands to answer questions in class. That's what Darren told me. I liked that rule, because I hardly ever know the answers to Mrs. Rouse's questions, anyway. Maybe I was cool all along and I never realized it."
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