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Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face by Paul Acampora
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Sep 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 7th-grade-shelf, 10-to-12-year-old-readers, a-7th-and-8th-grade-middle-school-t, adults-reading-ya-lit, guys-read
Read in September, 2011

This quick read is jam packed with great snippets. Zachary and his dad are alone now- Mom decided to follow her dream to work a cruise ship and took off one morning. Now the men of the Beatrice family must decide what to do.
"What do you want?" I asked my father.
"I want us to be happy." he told me.
"That's all?"
"That would be enough."
......"Happy would be nice," I said, "let's try it."

So the duo are off to Falls, Connecticut. Zachary to high school and Dad as the police officer of the small town.

As they settle into the warmhearted town with its wacky cast of characters Zachary finds friends and very, very slowly approaches the tender beginnings of coming to grips with his anger at his mother. In the meantime he befriends Teddy a boy with Trumpet playing superpowers and Rachel, Teddy's hyperprotective sister who are coping with a different kind of loss.

Sweet and smooth writing about genuinely nice people.

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