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After his mother dies and his father disappears with company funds, David moves from wealth and comfort to a foster home, an inner-city school, an environment of bullies and uncaring teachers, and new opportunities.
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Gr. 5^-7. David's world changes overnight when his mother dies and his father abruptly disappears. A rich kid who attends a private academy, David suddenly finds himself in a chaotic foster home and a public middle school in a rough neighborhood. Struggling with the loss of his parents, a bullying gang of boys at school, and his new home life, David nearly gives up. But when he reconnects with his jailed father, and then with his wealthy grandfather, David begins to triumph over the difficulties in his life, realizing that his thoughts and actions will determine whether he will thrive or become "a loser." He makes friends at school and excels as a soccer player. Brown has created very appealing characters, particularly David, who, in his struggle to survive, develops a growing capacity for friendship. The images of David's home life, the schoolyard brutality, and the excitement of athletic competition are all well rendered; the well-developed plot is believable, and its happy ending will leave young readers satisfied. Merri MonksFrom School Library Journal:
David must make major life adjustments after his father embezzles company funds and David is sent to live in a foster home and placed in a tough city school, where bullies torment him and teachers look the other way. Using his own resources, David eventually finds ways to cope and even succeed in his new environment, without responding with violence.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0689319592
Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0689319592