How much do I love that cover? So much. The further you get into the book, the more you realize the cover designer actually read the whole thing – the specific green army men, the crack in the blackboard.
But that doesn’t count for much if you don’t like the book – fortunately the two went hand in hand. It’s one of those stories that sounds like a school story – and much of the action does center around the school – but it’s also big picture in that it takes into account family, identity, what kind of person you want to be, affiliations, and how you interact with the larger world. The kids are complex and real, the adults are complex and real. It’s tough and sweet and funny and makes you think about how you deal with what life throws at you. “Yes, but…”
Bonus points: a great school librarian who uses book titles as exclamations.
Source: my public library