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Written by Glen Huser

  • 200 Pages
  • 9780888995780
  • 7.500" x 4.900"
  • Reading age from 11 to 13
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Peer Pressure


Publication Date October 01, 2003

Travis has been waiting to get to junior high. When that time finally comes, things are both better, and worse, than he had hoped. On the plus side are two great new teachers. On the minus side there's Shon Docker, Travis's old tormenter from elementary school.

Travis lives in a trailer park outside a small prairie town. His mother, a country-and-western singer, is on the road a lot; his father is long gone. When things get crazy at his house, he can always visit his best friend, Chantelle, a smart disabled girl with several wild biker brothers.

Travis knows he's different. He loves to sew and play with puppets. He wants to become a professional puppeteer. It all makes him a target for Shon and his friends. As Travis and his friends happily prepare a puppet production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the school graduation festivities, Shon's anger and prejudice erupt in violence.

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 2003

Long-listed for the OLA Red Maple Award 2005

Selected for the SSLI 2004 Book Awards - Honor Book 2004

Selected for the Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice 2004

Selected for the CCBC Our Choice 2004


Glen Huser

Glen Huser’s novels include Touch of the Clown (shortlisted for the Mr. Christie’s Book Award), Stitches (winner of the Governor General’s Award) and Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen (nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award).

A former teacher-librarian in Edmonton, Glen has taught writing for children at the University of British Columbia. He recently explored his passion for musical theater in Time for Flowers, Time for Snow, a picture-book retelling of the myth of Demeter and Persephone (with a CD featuring a 180-voice children’s chorus).


Star Review

"...a classic scapegoats-vs.-bullies story..." Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW