The Normal Kid by Elizabeth Holmes
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Sylvan has been angry ever since his parents split up. And now that an embarrassing photo has appeared in the paper, he's stuck with a lame nickname too. Charity is back in the United States after several years in Africa. And she's learning that home can be a strange place when you've been away for a while. Neither of them knows what's up with Brian. He spends whole afternoons alone on his trampoline. From the first day of school, Sylvan knows he doesn't want to hang out with weirdoes like Charity or Brian. He'd rather just be a normal kid. But when the principal gets ready to fire their favorite teacher, Sylvan, Charity, and Brian have to find a way to work together.

About Elizabeth Holmes

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Elizabeth Holmes is a poet. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
Published October 1, 2012 by Carolrhoda Books. 248 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lately, change has rocked Sylvan’s world—and not in a good way: family breakup, an embarrassing newspaper photo and now a new fifth-grade teacher.

Sep 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Normal Kid (Exceptional R...

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When class presentations and the threat of losing a supportive teacher bring together Sylvan, Charity, and Brian (a highly intelligent loner with Asperger's-like characteristics), they develop a connection that is built on the individuality that sets them apart.

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