“Gary Harris thought things were as bad as they could be. But he was wrong. The year Gary went into the fifth grade, everything got worse. . .”

Gary has had trouble learning all his life, and every year he falls further behind. Now in fifth grade, he finds he simply can’t keep up anymore. Angry, frustrated, and an outcast, he deals with his problems by spacing out. As a result, he is sent to a special school, where, under the guidance of a remarkable teacher, he begins to make slow, steady progress.


School Library Journal: ” This novel would make an interesting classroom read-aloud to encourage discussion and promote empathy…”

The Horn Book: “…Cutler portrays the special needs of the classroom realistically and with sympathy, and Gary is a strong, likable character.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books:“…Gary is a kid misunderstood and misplaced, and his dilemma is one with which many children can identify…”

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