Gardner Dickinson is almost 15, and his life is a mess. His bedroom is littered with library books he never reads. He daydreams about building muscles, but never gets around to it. Worst of all, his recently laid-off dad is more interested in playing golf than finding a new job. But one day life starts to click for Gardner. He finishes a few of those library books, begins running after school and starts earning some spare cash--and those muscles he's craved--by splitting wood for the neighbors. Most importantly, he and his dad have a good talk, which just might be enough to get Mr. Dickinson back on track. Randy Powell, the popular author of Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star, crafts another winning tale filled with funny and touching moments. With Johnny Heller's energetic narration, readers of all ages will see plenty of themselves in Gardner as he comes of age.
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"The adolescent world of ambiguity and inattentiveness is mastered in this poignant tale of a boy growing into a man. Johnny Heller's presentation of 15-year-old Gardner Dickinson is more than believable; it is flawless. Once again, Heller delivers real characters in the manner they were intended. Throughout the book, Gardner grapples with many typical adolescent problems, which mirror the problems his father is also contending with. This coming-of-age story is filled with powerful dialogue and narration true to the spirit of a young adult. It is woven seamlessly into a world that will be recognized by both teenagers and adults. D.L.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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