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ISBN: 9780312665487176 Pages, Ages 8-12
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A tender story about a tough-as-nails girl forced to take one small step towards understanding during the summer of 1969.
"Muscle Man McGinty is a squirrelly runt, a lying snake, and a pitiful excuse for a ten-year old......the problem is that no one knows it but me. In the entire town of Massapequa Park, only I can see him for what he really is. A phony."
Tamara Ann Simpson is determined to expose Muscle Man McGinty, a foster boy new to her neighborhood, for the liar that she knows he is. Muscle Man tells the other kids his uncle is Neil Armstrong and he even has the audacity to challenge the entire block to a kickball game. So, why is Tamara the only one who can see through this kid?
It's the summer of 1969 and things are changing in Tamara's little town of Massapequa, Long Island, and in the world. Perhaps Tamara can take one small step towards a bit of compassion and understanding.
Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, New Jersey Garden State Children's Book Award, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML
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