In this award-winning novel (winner of the Groundwood 20th Anniversary First Novel for Children Contest), 12-year-old Terence faces some tough choices. With his best friend, Tom, away at camp, the summer stretches endlessly in front of him. Should he hang out with a creep like Rico, an overgrown, hormonally challenged kid whose idea of fun is calling the lifeguard Boobacious? Or should he try to make friends with the old chess player (nicknamed "The Pervert" by Rico) who hangs out in the park? Terence finds he keeps thinking about the weird but oddly compelling girl who goes around wearing a blue cape and hangs by her feet from the jungle gym. By the novel's end, Terence has thrown off his fear of being "uncool" in order to befriend someone who needs and values him for who he is.
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Published May 1, 1999
by Groundwood Books.
Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books.