By Jennifer Swender

A coming-of-age story about a boy who is used to flying under the radar, and the classroom of kids determined to help him stand out. This touching friendship tale is the perfect read for fans of Fish in a Tree and Song for a Whale.


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If Austin picked a color to describe his life, it would be tumbleweed brown. Austin doesn’t like standing out. He moves a lot, so he’s always the new kid, and there’s no hiding his size. Plus, Austin has a secret…one he’s become an expert at hiding.

Then Austin meets Bertie, who is razzmatazz. Everything about Bertie is bursting! But the best part of Austin’s newest school is the Safety Squad, with their laser lemon vests. Their cool confidence stands out in the best way.

Not everything is vibrant, though. His classmate Dee makes Austin feel pacific blue, and things aren’t always easy at home. But for the first time, Austin wants to leave a mark. And the more he speaks up, the more he finds he may not be so different after all.+

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Weight 9.5 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 8.75 in