A novel for 10-14 year olds (2001)

When his sixth grade class, 6-321, gets caught up in a feud with another class, Marc Chaikin’s life gets turned upside down. At the same time, he competes with the most popular boy in the class for Lily Wu, the object of his all-consuming crush… and he has to deal with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. Set in NYC in 1963, this autobiographical novel captures both a distant moment in history and the familiar aches of a boy on the brink of adolescence.

(Parents will enjoy the nostalgic details on every page: an especially good choice for school reading and for parent/child book groups.)

“The reward for readers is a series of poetically crystallized moments as a boy on the brink of manhood becomes initiated into the larger world outside classroom 6-321.”
Publishers Weekly

“I thought this book was one of the best books I’ve ever read… I recommend this book to people of all ages…”
— A reader from Ohio, on Amazon.com


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