For some time now, I began to think about my favorite book when I was younger. All I could recall was a troubled boy who spoke to toy animals. Imagine my shock when I found out that this was the book!Sachar yet again amazed and digs into the human soul with his youth lit. Don't be fooled by the title - this is a deep story about inner struggle and the quest for acceptance. The story reflect The Cat Ate My Gymsuit with the tale of a youth trying to find their place in the world. The author takes you through Bradley's thoughts and struggles and makes you feel his discomfort and sadness without the audience knowing that he is yanking on the heartstrings. You literally cheer for Bradly by theend of this book. We see an instant of magic as the young man begins to see that he is not a monster, and finds that people do reach out to you when you try to reach out to them.If you have a preteen in your household, buy this book!