Multiple points of view lead to multiple theories about what really happened after one kid turns a punishment into a protest in this hilarious novel from Michele Weber Hurwitz.
Perennial good kid Ethan Marcus has just done the unthinkable: refuse to stay seated during class. He’s not causing a riot; he’s not wandering around; he’s just sick of sitting. But the rules aren’t designed for Ethan, and so he is sent to the principal’s office.
When Ethan’s sentence results in a Reflection Day—McNutt Middle School’s answer to detention—his faculty advisor suggests that Ethan channel the energy that caused his “transgression” by entering the school’s Invention Day Competition. Ethan is not exactly Mark Zuckerberg, so he doubts his ability to make anything competition-worthy. That’s the department of his slightly older sister Erin. But as Ethan and his buddy Brian get into the assignment, they realize they might actually have something.
Enter Romanov, the resident tech whiz, who refuses to give them tips. But Erin is furious at her formally slacker—now traitor—brother. Meanwhile, Erin’s friend Zoe is steering clear of Erin’s drama after realizing that she may be crushing on Ethan. Then there’s Brian who has bigger things to worry about, and finally loner kid Wesley, who may know more than others realize…
Told in the perspectives of multiple students, discover what really happened on the day that one kid decided to take a stand against sitting down.
Michele is the author of four middle grade novels - Ethan Marcus Makes His Mark, Ethan Marcus Stands Up (both Simon & Schuster), The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days, and Calli Be Gold (both Random House). Her books have been nominated for many state reading awards, received several honors, and have been translated into other languages. She loves to write about underdog type kids who do big things.
Michele lives in the Chicago area with her family. Her three children think her most amazing talent is that she can tell the difference between pink and white Good ‘n Plentys while chewing them with her eyes closed. She loves to travel, most recently visiting Portugal, France, and England.