After getting suspended from school, Ethan Oppenheimer is uprooted from his comfortable suburban life in Pennsylvania and sent to live in Washington, D.C., with grandparents he hardly knows. At Parker Junior High, he stands out as the only white student, and making friends there is difficult. As he tries to find his way in this new world, Ethan also struggles with issues from the world he left behind — guilt about the events surrounding his suspension, anxiety about his parents’ separation, loneliness for the company of family and friends. Slowly, however, Ethan adjusts. He makes a few friends and learns a lot about prejudice and acceptance — and about himself.
Published by: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers