Gr 5-8-Alex is having a hard time. With his widowed mother frequently gone on her midwife duties, a threatening bully, the stirrings of a first crush, and his "Aspie" (Asperger's Syndrome) brother, the 13-year-old wishes that he were part of a different family. He sees his brother's quirks as a big part of the problem. However, through a series of adventures, he comes to realize that Nic's exceptional qualities just make his brother who he is and that he wouldn't want anyone to take his place. He also begins to see that sometimes bullies are made rather than born, and that even the prettiest girl in town might find a shy boy attractive. Focusing on the brothers' relationship, the story hints at what life might be like within a family in which a child has Asperger's Syndrome. While the character development is not as strong as it could be, libraries may find this a useful purchase for special-needs collections.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.