**spoiler alert** Roy, the new kid at Coconut Grove Middle School, has to defend himself from Dana, the school bully. When he is suspended from the bu**spoiler alert** Roy, the new kid at Coconut Grove Middle School, has to defend himself from Dana, the school bully. When he is suspended from the bus for fighting, he finds time to bike to a construction site where he has seen a "running boy." The mysterious boy can catch mullet bare-handed, charm snakes, and seems to be the one who has been vandalizing the construction site of a future Mother Paula's Pancake House. The problem is that the boy discovered burrowing owls that live on the property, and bulldozing for construction would kill the owls. Roy meets "Mullet Fingers's" sister, and the three of them come up with a plan to stop comstruction.
I thought the speech Roy gave his class for current events was the best part, other than when the site was closed and the owls would be allowed to live. Roy managed to gain the interest of his classmates and others, to demonstrate against buliding. The ground breaking ceremony revealed not only the owls, but shady dealing that halted the project....more