Atticus Hobart couldn't feel lower. He s in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists, he is the class bully's personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there's more to Mr. Looney's methods than he'd first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe just maybe discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.
When you are in middle school or high school if you aren't popular or athletic you are just ordinary and it doesn't pay to be ordinary. Mainly, because others will find you uninteresting and I think Atticus figures that out right away.
Atticus is a typical 8th grader that feels he is unimportant. But before the end of this book you will see Atticus evolve into something more. It was fun watching hi and reading and seeing the journey he discovers and watching everything unfold.
Truly a very good book that I know my boys will enjoy! Geared for 11-14 years of age, perfect gift idea this holiday season! My boys ages 10 and 12 are really looking forward to reading this book. I have half a mind to keep this one for myself.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.