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Thirteen-year-old Daniel is the backup punter for the Erie Hills Elephants, which really means he's the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups and hoping no one notices his strange habits. He calls them zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times. Just the usual OCD kind of stuff.
Daniel hopes no one notices that he's crazy, especially Max, his best friend, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. But his life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. And she doesn't just notice him; she seems to peer through him. Then Daniel gets a note, "I need your help," signed, Fellow Star Child. Suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him, and lead to solving a murder.
From author Wesley King comes a brand-new coming-of-age story about a boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive-compulsive disorder, until a mysterious new friend changes everything.


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Product Details

  • Item #: NTS812983
  • ISBN13: 9781338129830
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 304
  • Genre:
    Mystery and Suspense
  • Grades: 7 - 10
  • Lexile® Measure: 560L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level Z+
  • ACR Level: 3.9


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