Twenty Kids. Twenty points of view. One rambunctious, brilliantly conceived novel that corrals the seeming chaos (c’mon, TWENTY points of view!) into one effervescent story.
Fifth grade is a MOST confusing time. On top of the regular growing up stuff like changing friendships, weird new feelings, and weird things growing, the twenty kids in Mrs. Herrera’s fifth grade class are dealing with three additional problems:
1. There’s a new girl who just seems to be spying on them all and scribbling things in a notebook. Maybe she IS a spy?
2. Someone is stealing all of Mrs. Herrera’s most treasured items.
3. They discover that one of their classmates, Sam, isn’t supposed to be a classmate at all—his family is homeless, and they were forced to move to a shelter outside of the school district.
Which leads to a fourth problem: Sam could get in big trouble for coming back to his new school, and Mrs. Herrera could get into even bigger trouble for letting him stay. So yeah: things are complicated. And every student has something to say about it. All twenty of them.