Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When you're new in town, it's hard to kw who to hang out with--and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular. But something isn't right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things. And if Griffin doesn't like you, you'd better watch your back. There might be a target on it. As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffin's dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: He's a liar, a bully, a thief. Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander . . . to the bully's next victim.This title has Common Core connections.
James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, Casey at the Bat. In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a men's hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms. He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three children, cats and dog.