Zachary’s mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut, is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting.
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“What distinguishes this story is Acampora’s light touch with a weighty subject—this is a very funny book.” —ReadKiddoRead.com
“Fans of small-town color and happy endings will take heart in this ultimately hopeful tale.” —BCCB
“Quirky characters, small-town hominess, and frequent touches of humor create a Joan Bauer feel with cross-gender appeal.” —SLJ
“An outstanding, humane coming-of-age tale of loss, yearning and forgiveness.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Acampora’s light touch with weighty issues makes for a highly appealing read—readers will want to spend more time with these well-crafted and complex characters.” —Publishers Weekly
RACHEL SPINELLI PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE by Paul AcamporaKirkus Book ReviewsRead the Kirkus Review of RACHEL SPINELLI PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE . New friends ease a young teen's adjustment to his mother's sudden absence.- Kirkus Reviews
PAUL ACAMPORA is an avid reader, an enthusiastic dad, and a ferocious fan of being human. A fundraiser for a community college, Paul lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two kids. Paul is a frequent contributor to the Scholastic Storyworks magazine. This is his second novel for young readers.