Julian is the fastest runner at his school, but when he returns from a week-long suspension, his teacher assigns him to write, not run. Julian has to describe in writing what happened to cause his suspension; the resulting homework assignment is what makes up the bulk of this book. Julian describes his neighborhood, his friends, and eventually gets around to the incident in question.
I enjoyed this book. It was very similar to The Wednesday Wars, which I read to my students each year when I taught. This story takes place in the 1960s, and the stories that Julian tells are entertaining and amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed following Julian's stories, knowing that eventually I was going to find out what caused his week-long suspension. And the ending was similarly satisfying.
I would recommend this book for tweens, fans of Gary Schmidt, and readers who want squeaky-clean stories without religious overtones.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley for the purposes of review.