Thursday, January 7, 2016 |
Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he's the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups - and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits - he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. He hopes no one notices that he's crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesn't just notice him: she seems to peer through him.
Then Daniel gets a note: "I need your help," it says, signed, Fellow Star child - whatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him. (From Simon & Schuster)
I first realized I was crazy on a Tuesday. I mean, I suspected it before, obviously, but I'd been hoping it was just a phase, like when I was three and I wanted to be a fire truck. But on that fateful October day she said hello after the last bell, and it was official - I was completely bonkers.
Tuesdays are usually my favourite day of the week. It's a weird day to like, but for me, a gangly, eccentric thirteen-year-old social oddity with only one real friend, it has some serious perks.
From OCDaniel by Wesley King ©2016. Published by Simon & Schuster Canada.