Illustrated with cartoons, drawings, and comic strip panels, this funny, touching sequel to Drew and the Bub Daddy Showdown will win over even the most reluctant chapter book readers.
Author Biography: Robb Armstrong is the creator of the nationally syndicated Jump Start comic strip, which has won high praise for its positive portrayal of African-Americans, and the author of Jump Start: A Love Story, published by HarperPerennial. He lives with his wife and two-year-old daughter in Philadelphia.
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The day Skipper pulled the trigger in the schoolyard of Drummond Junior High School, he changed my life forever.
The bullet didn't hit me. I was five blocks away at Hamilton Elementary School. Still, the bullet had a profound impact on my life. It also had quite an impact on Vice Principal Warren's car.
Skipper was in a corner of Drummond's schoolyard. He was showing Wolfman and Fat Ernie how to handle a loaded gun, when he accidentally fired it. The bullet shattered two windows in Mr. Warren's empty station wagon. It also blew off Skipper's pinkie finger.
People were calling Drummond a bad school long before Skipper's gun went off. Kids in the neighborhood had been trading war stories about Drummond for at least three years. Recently, parents had begun to trade stories too.
When Skipper fired that gun, I had no idea it would affect me. My best friends, Stevie, Huddles, and Kenny, laughed about it. So did I.
None of us liked Skipper much. We all felt that he had gotten exactly what he deserved for waving that stupid gun around.
As it turned out, my chances of attending Drummond Junior High were shot away right along with Skipper's pinkie.
The next day I heard my mom talking with Stevie's mom on the phone.
"Drew is going into the seventh grade next year, and I absolutely refuse to send him to Drummond," Mom said. "That school is a disgrace! "
This was too good to miss. I ran upstairs and picked up the extension phone so I could listen in.
"I have to send Stevie there, " said Mrs. Bishop. "I don't have much choice."
"Have you ever thought about privateschool?"
"Private schools cost too much money, Doris, " said Stevie's mom. "Besides, we pay taxes so that our children can get a decent education. Don't we?"
"Well, a good education is worth the extra money." said Mom.
"Some of those private schools cost more than college." said Mrs. Bishop.
"They have scholarships, Sarah! Our kids are smart and talented. And I've heard they need black kids badly! " Mom answered.
I quietly hung up the extension. I was confused. Why would private schools "need black kids badly"? I didn't like the sound of that. Were they using black kids for some weird experiments or something?
"There's no way I'm going to some stupid private school anyway." I thought. I'd go to Drummond, like Kyle, my older brother.
I didn't know it then, but Kyle was the last Taylor kid Drummond would ever see.
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