Piggie is distraught that a big guy took her ball and Gerald decides, in the interest of gallantry, that he will get to the bottom of it. He strides off ready to confront this bully and finds that the big guy is a whale and is REALLY, REALLY big and that actually it was his ball all along. Piggie had only found it. In addition, E&P both feel awful for the whale because he has no one to play with. Demonstrating the compassion we have come to expect of E&P, they invite him to play Whale Ball (even they don't know what THAT is!) with them. It was nice to see this rush to judgment turned on its head. Up to Seven. Joan Kindig
Tim is a 17 year old albino, who is a senior year transfer to a co-ed prep school. He meets the school's "it" girl Vanessa on his travels to this school, setting up a love triangle with the school's alpha male. Tim is doomed to be an outsider because of his appearance, but this relationship only makes things harder for him. 14 and Up. Kathie Weinberg
Chloe and her friends shun the new girl Maya and call her “Never New” because of her “hand-me-down” clothes. Haunting watercolors, as fluid as the text, support Chloe’s heartbreaking realization of lost opportunity.
Unlike underdog Ishmael, new student James—quirky and independent—turns the tables on the class bully instead of avoiding him. An intrepid English teacher and some unlikely comrades round out this cheeky but touching Australian tale.