Meagan Andrus


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, family, friendship, middle school, coming-of-age, abuse, brothers, father and son

Document Type

Book Review


Alan Cole likes painting and staying out of people's way, especially when it comes to his cold father and cruel older brother, Nathan. If he had his way, he'd spend his days learning how to paint faces and sneaking looks at Connor, the cutest boy in school. But when Nathan comes to him with a series of challenges, Alan finds himself stretched to the very limit of his comfort zone. Alan can't say no to the challenges because Nathan threatens to tell the whole school about his crush on Connor. Alan finds that the challenges push him to become something more than what he was—no longer a coward or an insignificant little goldfish, Alan steps up to embrace who he really is and hopefully make some changes in other people's lives along the way.