Six-three Two One

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 131 pages
"More went on in sixth grade than the rest of my life put together. In just two months, I fell in love, watched my family break into pieces, and came this close to getting beaten to a pulp along with all my friends -- not to mention meeting Mickey Mantle and getting attacked by the biggest juvenile delinquent in the school. It's like this year was a nuclear chain reaction, exploding the scared little kid I used to be and turning me into a more grown-up self."

Things are not always how they seem. That's what Marc Chaikin learns in this touching, beautifully wrought coming-of-age novel set in the 1960s. When his sixth-grade class, 6-321, gets caught up in a feud with a rival class, Marc's life is turned upside-down. As he watches the things and the people he took for granted change before his eyes, he learns that maybe he has the power to change "them" -- and that he doesn't have to stay invisible in order to survive.

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In 1963 Queens, New York, Marc is just trying to get through sixth grade as effortlessly and unobtrusively as possible. But school, family, and world crises interfere with his plan. He must deal with ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Michael Laser grew up in a New York City neighborhood much like the one in which 6-321 takes place. From the day he was born, his mother filled him with reverence for great authors. So, when his sixth-grade teacher praised his writing, an ambition took root.

Many of the incidents in 6-321 are based on events from his childhood, though nothing in the book is exactly as it happened in life.

He has published many short stories in magazines; a children's picture book, The Rain; and a novel for adults, Old Buddy Old Pal. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife, Jennifer, and his children, Helen and Alexander, and continues to write books for both children and adults.

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