Publication Date: September 04, 2018
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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Eric Bell delivers a smart, hilarious, and poignant coming-of-age—and coming out—story about one unforgettable character, Alan Cole, and how he navigates family and middle school through unexpected friendships and staying true to himself. Now in paperback!
Alan Cole is not a coward... right?
He can’t stand up to his cruel brother, Nathan. He can’t escape the wrath of his demanding father, who thinks he’s about as exceptional as a goldfish. And—scariest of all—he can’t let the cute boy across the cafeteria know he has a crush on him.
But when Nathan discovers Alan’s secret, his older brother announces a high-stakes round of Cole vs. Cole. Each brother must complete seven nearly impossible tasks; whoever finishes the most wins the game.
If Alan doesn’t want to be outed to all of Evergreen Middle School, he’s got to become the most well-known kid in school, get his first kiss, and stand up to Dad—and all with only the help of two friends even less cool than he is.
Giving up is for cowards, and Alan’s determined to prove—to Nathan, to the world, to himself—that this goldfish can learn to swim.
May the best Cole win.