Craig and Tom have been friends since second grade, but that was five years ago and Craig is getting sick of Tom's out-of-bounds behavior. When Craig begins to realize that he may have more potential in school than he ever thought, he starts to distance himself from Tom, who is both the class clown and the school bully. But severing ties with an old friend is never easy, and a foolhardy incident in a local park pulls Craig back into Tom's orbit. Faced with the realities of Tom's home life, Craig must determine the limits of this volatile friendship.
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I was totally in love with this book. It reminded me so much about the details of elementary school. I was in love with the way Gregory crafted the relationship between Tom and Craig. Not to mention the familiar places I pass everyday that are mentioned in the book. It just makes me go WOW. Also the mention about racism really touched me for some reason.