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  • Paperback $5.99

    Apr 01, 1995 | 128 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

  • Ebook $5.99

    Jul 01, 2009 | 128 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

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“Quattlebaum has created a winning cast of characters—both children and adults—and a savvy young hero who readers will like—and respect.”—School Library Journal, Starred

“Smart, snappy dialogue and characters both funny and admirable.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Quattlebaum’s first person narrative hooks readers at the start with his humorous street-smart style.”—Publishers Weekly

“A promising first novel, this is fresh, sweet, and vigorous—a real daisy.”—The Bulletin

A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

A Parenting Best Children’s Book

Author Q&A

author fun facts

Born: May 2 in Bryan, Texas, and grew up in King George, Virginia

Education: King George High School; B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Current home: I live in Washington, DC with my husband Christopher David

Fun Jobs: Previous jobs include working in 18th century costume for Colonial Williamsburg and "slinging french fries" at King’s Dominion, a theme park in Virginia.

Pets: 8 gerbils and 36 fish

Favorite hobbies: travel and reading

Favorite foods: peanut butter, peaches, and this hodge-podge vegetable soup I make that my family calls "hinky-dinky"

Favorite clothes to wear: baggy t-shirts and shorts and sneakers that are so old they feel as soft as slippers

Favorite colors: green, blue, red

Favorite books: As a child–The Dog on Barkham Street by Mary Stolz and Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden. As an adult, favorite authors are William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Elizabeth, Carole Maso, Mark Richard

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