Synopses & Reviews
King (The Incredible Space Raiders from Space!) offers a candid and memorable account of life with OCD inspired by his own experience with the anxiety disorder. Thirteen year old Daniel Leigh a wryly funny narrator has a popular best friend a crush on a classmate and a spot on the football team as backup kicker. But he also has a secret that is making him miserable: he is plagued by “Zaps” his name for the triggers—such as an unlucky number or the wrong number of steps—that create a flood of horrible feelings that can only be quelled by certain actions such as flicking a light switch repeatedly. Writing is an outlet for Daniel and excerpts from the novel he’s working on are interspersed throughout. When Sara a selectively mute school outcast suddenly begins to speak to him she draws him into a potential murder mystery and becomes the first person to see and understand his struggle. Daniel’s pain and confusion at what he comes to realize is OCD is memorably portrayed in this moving story of self acceptance. Ages 8–12. Agent: Brianne Johnson Writers House. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Complex and satisfying. Written from Daniel s point of view, this perceptive first-person narrative is sometimes painful, sometimes amusing, and always rewarding. Booklist (starred review)
From the author of Incredible Space Raiders from Space comes a brand-new coming-of-age story about a boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until he gets a mysterious note that changes everything.
Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he s the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. He hopes no one notices that he s crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesn t just notice him: she seems to peer through him.
Then Daniel gets a note: I need your help, it says, signed, Fellow Star child whatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him.
With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand."