National Book Award Finalist " A] stealthily powerful, unexpectedly
affirming story of discovering and rescuing one's best
self."--"Booklist," starred review In this companion novel to "The
Wednesday Wars," Doug struggles to be more than the "skinny thug"
that some people think him to be. He finds an unlikely ally in Lil
Spicer, who gives him the strength to endure an abusive father, the
suspicions of a town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever
scarred, from Vietnam. Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of
loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual
characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and
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