Zack Delacruz is unnoticed at his middle school—and that’s just the way he likes it. But a school assembly, a typhoon of spit, and an uncharacteristic moment of bravery are all it takes to change everything. Suddenly Zack is in charge of the class fundraiser. Worse, his partner is the school’s biggest bully! If they don’t sell all the chocolate bars, there will be no dance for the sixth grade. Zack never wanted to be a hero, but with his classmates’ hopes on the line, can he save the day?
Zack Delacruz is eager to meet Abhi, the new girl at school. But when he accidentally knocks her to the ground during a dodgeball game, she ignores all his future attempts at making amends. Nothing works – not his friend’s advice or even his “lucky” cologne. Then, at the Fall Fiesta-val, Zack learns the real reason behind his lady love’s cold shoulder . . . but not before total chaos erupts: a runaway train, exploding confetti-filled eggs, and Abhi’s terrifying older brother looming. Will Zack ever surmount all the middle school mayhem and get a chance to talk to his crush? In the end, Zack learns what it means to believe, to listen, and to be a good friend. This dynamite sequel captures the middle-school experience—and will keep readers laughing from beginning to end!
Zack, who is also dealing with his parents’ recent divorce, is a sympathetic narrator, and Anderson spiritedly renders the voices and personalities of preteens.
Zack is a relatable narrator and embodies the middle school experience. The steady pace makes this novel a solid pick for reluctant readers.