Slob by Ellen Potter
Shame on me. I was not going to read this book because of the word "slob". I would never call anyone a slob. If I can't find a better word to use, I will not say it. I would have missed out on a lot if I had not read this book. You have to look very closely at the cover to see what words are written on the cookie. Hint: it is not Oreo.
Owen is the smartest and biggest kid in his middle school. He didn't gain all the extra weight until his mom and dad were murdered. He was never able to invent a machine that would show the reflection of the murder on the TV screen. He was never able to solve the mystery about who was stealing his Oreos. I couldn't solve it either. I couldn't figure out why his sister was in the GWAB group (Girls Who Are Boys).
The Lexile number for this fiction is only 740. The best parts of this book are the pacing and the character development. I will never, ever forget the words of the final three sentences. This book demonstrates what middle school kids have to go through and the depth of their feelings and intellect.
* 2015 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee *