“A seventh-grade boy who is coping with social and economic issues moves into a new apartment building, where he makes friends with an over-imaginative home-schooled boy and his eccentric family. Social rules are meant to be broken is the theme of this big-hearted, delightfully quirky tale, and in keeping with that, Stead creates a world where nothing is as it seems. Yet the surprises are meticulously foreshadowed, so when the pieces of the puzzle finally click in, the readers’ ‘aha’ moments are filled with profound satisfaction.” —Kirkus Reviews
Although written for a younger audience than her Newbery-winning When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead has created another odd and compelling mystery. Grades 4–7.