Spider , nicknamed because he climbed the climbing wall like a spider, is in 5th grade and he is beginning to be popular because of his basketball ability. Boys who have ignored him before have begun to ask him to play and invite him over to their houses. Until now, his best friend has been Trey, his next door neighbor. They grew up together and have always played together. But Trey is not being accepted by the other boys because he is odd. Trey picks odd times to sharpen his pencils, he blurts information out in class, sometimes he goes into his own little world and can’t be reached and he definitely can’t play team sports. Not just because he isn’t athletic but because he doesn’t get it. Spider isn’t sure how to handle this. He likes Trey but he needs other friends and activities. He finally tells Trey that Trey needs to have more friends, at least two more and Trey sets out to do this with surprising results.
Spider is really kind-hearted for a 5th grade boy but he is also a regular guy. One of his favorite classes is the writer’s workshop and he finally is able to express himself by writing about the kids in his class and illustrating his ideas with cartoons. I’m sorry this book wasn’t illustrated like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Anyway, it is a nice story about friendship and fitting in and loyalty and there is a little come-uppance in the end for one of the mean jocks. All those Diary of a Wimpy Kid readers would do well with reading this book too.
Posted by: Fran W.