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?
Zach really wants to meet Abhi, the new girl at school. But things get off to a rough start when he accidentally knocks her to the ground during a game of dodgeball. And whenever he tries to make amends, she just ignores him. Nothing works--not his friends' advice or his "lucky" cologne. In fact, he just seems more and more cursed Then, at the Fall Fiesta-val, Zack finally learns the real reason behind Abhi's cold shoulder . . . but not before total chaos erupts. With a runaway train, exploding confetti-filled eggs, and Abhi's terrifying older brother, will Zack ever 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.
Bah humbug Zack Delacruz wants to win the role of Scrooge in Davy Crockett Middle School's production of A Christmas Carol--and Abhi's admiration, too. But he's not the only one trying out for the play. So are Jos (El Pollo Loco), Marquis, and Janie, who dreams of being all three ghosts. What role will Zack end up playing on stage . . . and in his life? Bowling balls, gurgling stomachs, complete chaos, and quick detective work turn this year's drama into a spectacular scene that will have actors rising to new heights--literally--and leave readers rolling in the aisles.
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.