It's not like I meant for him to get hurt. . . .
Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.
Inspired by Mark Goldblatt's own childhood growing up in 1960s Queens, Twerp shines with humor and heart. This remarkably powerful story will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters.
Praise for Twerp:
A Bankstreet Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Summer Top Ten KidsÕ Indie Next List Pick
ÒReminiscent of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. . . . You donÕt have to be a twerp to read this book.Ó ÑNew York Post
ÒA vivid, absorbing story about one boyÕs misadventure, heartache, and hope for himself.Ó ÑRebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me
ÒMark Goldblatt is an amazingly wonderful writer.Ó ÑChris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. LemoncelloÕs Library
Ò[Fans of] Jeff KinneyÕs Diary of a Wimpy Kid who have matured beyond the scope and gravity of that series will find a kindred spirit in Julian.Ó ÑSchool Library Journal
ÒReminiscent of movies like The Sandlot. . . . Well-written and funny.Ó ÑThe Advocate
ÒAlternately poignant and comical. . . . A thought-provoking exploration of bullying, personal integrity and self-acceptance.Ó ÑKirkus Reviews
ÒA timely book.Ó ÑNew York Journal of Books
ÒElegant in its simplicity and accessibility.Ó ÑThe Bulletin of the Center for ChildrenÕs Books
ÒAn empathetic and authentic glimpse into the mind of a sixth-grade boy.Ó ÑThe Florida Times-Union
ÒFunny, poignant, and an effective commentary on bullying and its consequences.Ó ÑThe Horn Book Magazine
From the Hardcover edition.