Author(s): Kimberly Willis Holt
Nothing ever happens in Toby' s small Texas town. Nothing much until this summer that' s full of big changes. It' s tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to be a country singer. Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal' s older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. Now their sleepy town is about to get a jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.
" As in her first novel, My Louisiana Sky, Holt humanizes the outsider without sentimentality. . . . Holt reveals the freak in all of us, and the power of redemption."
- "Booklist," Starred
" In her down-to-earth, people-smart way, Holt offers a gift."
- "The Horn Book Magazine," Starred