From the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-nominated author of Monster and Fallen Angels
When Steve’s parents decide to adopt a foster child, it seems like a good idea. And when Steve decides to show the new kid how tough he is by spray-painting the side of a subway car, that seems like a good idea too. But the foster child turns out to be a thirteen-year-old with a criminal record, and the guys in the designer jeans watching Steve spray-paint graffiti turn out to be transit police. Suddenly Steve and the whole gang are serving time, working in an old-age home with a bunch of feisty and independent senior citizens who refuse to sit still and be stereotyped—by anybody.
"Another winning novel told with nimble wit and poignancy." —Publishers Weekly
"Myers explores the value and meaning of true friendship. . . The tone is alternately funny, sad, and sentimental, but always natural and appealing." —School Library Journal
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About the Author
Walter Dean Myers is a New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author who has garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young people. Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is about when a young boy, Steve, gets an adopted brother. It turns out that this brother, Earl, has a criminal record. Steve tries to prove something to Earl and spray paints a railroad train. They get caught and they have to spend their summer in the retirement home full of old people. In the retirement home the kids learn to get along with the seniors. I have never read another book like this one. This is not a very exciting read. I didn't want to read the end because it was too boring in the middle. If you are in a hurry and need a book and just happen to grab this book, that is the only situation I would recommend this book. Do not read this book unless you have to. It is boring and the plot is slow.
Steve's Parents decided to adopt a foster child who's name is Earl. He has a criminal record, but through it all, he becomes a good kid.