Synopses & Reviews
Mick Sullivan likes reading thrillers, daydreaming about Tabitha Slater, and teasing his archenemy, Boot Quinn.
Boot Quinn likes playing his guitar, daydreaming about Tabitha Slater, and punching his adversary, Mick Sullivan.
The two eighth graders are rivals in every way, and with two fights in the first week of school, they've set the stage for a yearlong showdown. That is, until a new principal arrives on the scene and forces Mick and Boot to spend an hour and a half each day playing games together. Two enemies, one small room, and no adult supervision—battle lines are bound to be crossed.
As the wins and losses are tallied, the boys find themselves fighting for their classmates' attention, a cute girl's affection, and their own fathers' respect.
But how far are they willing to go to win? And who are they really fighting?
There's only one way to find out.
"In alternating chapters, eighth-graders Mick Sullivan and Boot Quinn explain their long history of getting in each other's faces. After the latest altercation in a school hallway, a new principal tries a different strategy: the boys must play board games together during their lunch hour until they learn to get along. The unusual plan attracts the attention of classmates, particularly Tabitha, a manipulative beauty who feigns a romantic interest in both boys in order to fan the flames of their mutual hatred, while taking bets on the side as to who will win each showdown. The feud escalates to dares that lead each boy to destroy something he values (Mick, an avid reader, vandalizes the library; Boot shoplifts at a store owned by friends). The intriguing board-game premise runs out of steam, leaving a rather conventional problem novel about troubled boys whose fathers are abusive in different ways. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The author of the Dork series returns with a sharply witty novel about two school rivals who are sentenced to a unique form of punishment: quality time battling over board games. Can Connect Four and Scrabble diffuse a bitter rivalry?
Worn out by all the fighting between them, two school rivals are sentenced to quality time playing board games as punishment and rehabilitation for their bullying ways.
When fourteen-year-old rivals Boot Quinn and Mick Sullivan fight once too often, the new principal devises the punishment of having to play games together at his office, where they learn which battles are worth fighting.
About the Author
Carol Gorman is the author of many books for young readers, including Dork In Disguise, Dork on the Run, and A Midsummer Night's Dork. Ms. Gorman lives with her husband, writer Ed Gorman, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she also teaches at Coe College.