by PAT SCHMATZ
Travis is missing his old home in the country, and he's missing his old dog, Rosco.
Now there's just the cramped place he shares with his well-meaning but alcoholic grandpa; a new school and the dreaded routine of passing when he's called on to read out loud.
But that's before Travis meets Mr McQueen, who doesn't take "pass" for an answer - a rare teacher whose savvy persistence has Travis slowly unlocking a book on the natural world. And it's before Travis is noticed by Velveeta, a girl whose wry banter and colourful scarves belie some hard secrets of her own.
With sympathy, humour and disarming honesty, Pat Schmatz brings to life a cast of utterly believable characters - and captures the moments of trust and connection that make all the difference.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/01/2013
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781406342086