by John Kalkowski [j Kalkowski]
After winning a baseball game through a clever tactic of throwing the rosin bag at a crucial moment in the game, Will Conlan, an eighth grader, captures the attention of Red Cell: A division of Homeland Security responsible for fighting terrorism. Through Will and his class's clever ideas, and a brutal overbearing teacher Mr. Tenepior-- by thinking outside of the box, the agency uses the students' ideas to thwart a terrorist plot. The premise of the book is that children think outside of the box, and have no qualms about what can or cannot be done, and are therefore open to new innovative ideas. A little far-fetched that an 8th grader saves the world, but a great read-- action-packed, and a lot of twists and turns for a relatively short book (about 150 pgs). -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Underdogs - Mike Lupica; Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip - Jordan Sonnenblick.]
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