Harold Schernoff, fourteen year- old science whiz and social outcast, has a theory to solve every problem, from dating to dealing with bullies, to making money, to playing sports, to buying a car when you're underage. What to learn to ski? Try: MASS x acceleration x slope of hill = EEEEEAAGGHHH! Here's another surefire formula: Golf balls + car = BANG! Science turns slapstick when Harold and his buddy team up to test Schernoff's Discoveries. Only Harold could mastermind such a disastrous first date. Only Harold could go fishing and get caught by the fish. And only Gary Paulsen, one of today's most popular authors for young people, could write such a wonderfully funny novel about friendship. It's all flat out goofy and great fun, as well as an inspiring story of shared experiences that, weird as they are, form the basis of a strong and affectionate friendship. Kirkus Reviews, Pointer
Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. His novel The Haymeadow received the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award. Gary Paulsen has also published fiction and nonfiction for adults, as well as picture books illustrated by his wife, the painter Ruth Wright Paulsen. The Paulsens live in New Mexico, in Alaska, and on the Pacific Ocean.