Tom Mayo chronicles a high-school year in which he makes and abandons friends, endures wood-shop class, copes with the bullying Donkeys, and acquires a driver's license and a girlfriend. In short appropriately titled first-person entries, he perfectly captures the insecurity and self-consciousness of his age. Often humorous, these vignettes also show Tom's social growth. At first he is only vaguely aware that teasing Larry, a special-ed student, is wrong. But Tom is a decent kid at heart, and his response to Larry's accidental death is to move away from the friends who made fun of the boy. Later Tom comes to recognize that picking on someone even lower in the social pecking order makes him no different from the Donkeys he hates. Tom's observations of the high-school world's factions and the complex social dance called going out together ring true. Easy, engaging reading with a serious side. Illustrated with the author's sketches. Isaacs, Kathleen
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"Refreshing....reluctant readers will be drawn to the book's format."—VOYA
"Very funny."—KLIATT (starred review)
"Perfectly captures the insecurity and self-conesciousness of his age. Often humorous....Easy, engaging reading with a serious side."—Booklist
"Comedic riff on male adolescence....a quick and entertaining read."—Publishers Weekly
"The humor, short chapters and drawings will snag reluctant readers."—Kirkus Reviews