King of the Creeps by Steven Banks

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Tom is an undersized nerd with an oversized nose. He’s got frizzy hair and glasses. He’s the flag monitor. He knows it—he’s a creep. What girl will ever like him?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. Tom may not look like a movie star, but he does look an awful lot like that new folksinger everyone is wild for. So he heads for Greenwich Village, and is soon the proud owner of a cheap guitar.

What follows is an increasingly outrageous sequence of events where Tom fools the girl, learns a song, plays in a coffee house, gets tapped for the Ed Sullivan Show, loses his nerve, loses the girl, and wrestles with his conscience. But he discovers that sometimes, if you pretend to be brave hard enough, you can even fool yourself. And that given the right circumstances, even a creep can change the world.

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Published May 9, 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Seventeen-year-old Tommy Johnson thinks he’s a creep.

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Most of the action takes place in Greenwich Village, where Tom buys his first guitar, learns one chord and meets "a real live Greenwich Village girl," who encourages Tom to put her poetry to music.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Steven Banks writes with shocking honesty in his 170-page young adult novel, King of the Creeps .

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