Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fouling Out

Fouling Out by Gregory Walters
Although they have been best friends since second grade, Craig tries to distance himself from Tom when he realizes that Tom's behavior and bullying is out-of-place, but a foolhardy incident in a local park pulls Craig right back into Tom's orbit.

1 comment:

Melissa Moore/VOYA said...

...Readers will identify with the tensions that come as one person outgrows another and the need to move on, and Tom's tough-guy manner (which covers abuse) is believable and poignant. Parts of the story are implausible, especially Craig's mother's quick about-face toward Tom when he gets in danger, but middle school readers will see past it to a compassionate adult and the possibility of hope in the midst of desperate circumstances.