A Chance to Be Normal
Koywan Keyes, author
As twelve-year-old Koywan navigates the school day, he endures a lot of stress. He?s the butt of everyone?s jokes, has only a few friends, and being chosen last on teams is a weekly event. But having to ride the bus and deal with the jokers and pranksters is the worst. He anticipates the sassy words of his worst enemy, Suzie Johnson. As if enduring his classmates? jokes during the school hours isn?t bad enough, Suzie?s sharp words put the bitter icing on what has already been a bad day. He keeps his cool while Suzie throws insult after insult at him until she moves to the next person; few are exempt from her nastiness. Unfortunately for Koywan, his insults last longer, and he seems to be Suzie?s prime target. Koywan is frustrated by the bus driver?s lack of concern. The best part of his day is getting home and spending time with Grandma Lillian who always knows the right things to say. Although her words are old-fashioned and out of date for a twelve-year-old kid, they still mean a lot. But when Koywan needs advice from someone his age, his best friend, John, is there to help him brainstorm. And that?s what they do: concoct a plan to help Koywan get Suzie off his back, to fit in at school, and to have a chance to be normal.