Every teacher hopes Clay Adkin will be assigned to someone else’s classroom, and every parent hopes he will befriend another family’s children. Smart, scrappy, and unfazed by punishment, Clay is from a home rife with turmoil. But when Clay’s delinquent older brother Mitchell begins to wise up and pull his life together, he wants Clay to change too. And so Clay tries. But changing a reputation isn’t as easy as changing your socks, and Clay finds that altering the attitudes of his teachers and peers and taking responsibility for his actions is a monumental challenge?.
Andrew Clements’s latest novel, about mentors, role models, and choosing friends, examines the fine line between good-humored mischief and dangerous behavior?and how everyday choices can close or open doors.