Busted! by Betty Hicks

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"Man, thought Stuart, rolling his eyes upward, I've got to be the most in-trouble kid, ever.

He wondered if he could make the Guinness Book of World Records. He'd be willing to bet money that no one else had come close to getting busted as many times as he had."

A tale of friends and family, action-packed sports, and a lot of crossed signals.

Stuart is grounded. Again. His strict mother is always on his case. If he's busted one more time, Stuart may even have to give up soccer. But his best friend, a girl named Mack, hatches a plot to distract his mom by fixing her up with Mack's uncle. It just might work-if their friendship doesn't unravel first. And anyhow, he doesn't want his widowed mom to date. Or does he?

About Betty Hicks

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Betty Hicks is the author of Animal House and Iz and I Smell Like Ham, a Book Sense 76 selection and Booklist Top Ten Sports Books for Youth. She lives in Greensboro, NC.
Published August 1, 2004 by Roaring Brook Press. 176 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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A slightly naïve, but very sympathetic young hero finds himself trapped in a hilarious nightmare of being “busted.” Twelve-year-old Stuart Ellis loves playing soccer for the Oak Park Warriors and working on his dragon Web site.

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Stuart tells his best friend, a sage, endearingly eccentric girl named Mack, that it's time to implement her plan to find a beau for Stuart's mother, which will ideally distract her enough so that she'll ease up on her son.

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