Synopses & Reviews
Josh isn't happy to be starting at a new school, especially as it's almost Thanksgiving. But maybe it's a chance to be somebody--not so easy for a kid who's been pretty average and is overweight besides. So when big-shot Corey Kitchens wants Josh to join him and his friends for ice hockey on Poor Rooney's pond, Josh is pumped. He can see himself out there, with the cool seventh graders, a natural success for the first time in his life. He can hardly wait for the ice to get thick. But why is it that Skye, the girl with the warm smile, doesn't trust Corey? And why does Mark, the strange kid who has Asperger syndrome (a form of autism), put up an umbrella to protect himself from the snow? Why does he say that the coming cold will test the heart?
"This fast-moving story is simple, straightforward, and effective, and has characters who are true to life."
School Library Journal
"A sensitively handled subplot about an autistic classmate gives more depth to this thought-provoking story."
From the author of "Someone Was Watching" comes this compelling tale of friends and courage. Josh, the new kid in school, jumps at the chance to play hockey with the seventh graders. Now perhaps Josh has a chance to be somebody.
Josh isn't happy to be starting at a new school. Maybe it's a chance to be somebody--not so easy for a kid who's been pretty average and is overweight besides. But he is pumped when a cool kid asks hims to play ice hockey.