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Henry “Biggie” Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa ‘s most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn’t understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. “Forty percent, that’s an F in any class,” he would say. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try. What happens when a boy who has spent his life since fourth grade trying to remain invisible is suddenly thrust into the harsh glare of the high school spotlight?
- In Heaven There is No Beer by Iowa Marching Band
- Dustland Fairlytale by The Killer
- F**kin’ Perfect by Pink
- Let’s Get Rocked by Def Leppard
- You Could Be Mine by Guns and Roses
- Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen
- Right Now by Van Halen
- Hello World By Lady Antebellum
- Best of You by Foo Fighters
- Pour Some Sugar on Me
- Small Town by John Mellencamp
Derek E. Sullivan is an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Rochester Post-Bulletin in Minnesota. As a reporter, he has written more than 1,000 stories about the lives of teenagers, which he attributes to helping him find his YA voice. He has an MFA from Hamline University and lives in Minnesota with his wife and three sons.