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Children's LiteratureTank Talbott wants to spend the summer marketing his best friend Jason's screenplay to big Hollywood producers. Unfortunately, his teacher has other ideas. Threatened with the possibility of flunking fifth grade, Tank must spend two hours each and every day with a math tutor. Plus he has to completely fill the pages of his journal by summer's end. If he fails at either one of these tasks, then he will not be going on to middle school with his classmates in the fall. To top it all off, Tank's three stepsisters are coming to stay for the whole summer. With hours of math, a grueling writing assignment, and gross girls monopolizing his time, how will Tank ever survive the summer? When Jason's older brother breaks up with his girlfriend, saying that if someone wrote an instruction manual on girls it was sure to be a best seller, Tank rises to the occasion. He begins filling the pages of his journal with the answers to burning questions, such as why do girls always go to the bathroom in pairs, or why can't girls ever shut up? Tank decides to share his writing at the library's summer writing club. His stepsister, Mollie, retaliates by writing up her guide to boys, and the battle of the sexes begins. Touching on the universal themes of friendship, sibling relationships, and adolescent angst with creativity and humor, this story is sure to be a hit with readers. 2006, Albert Whitman and Company, Ages 10 to 12.