A chapter book about a boy trying to make friends in middle school!
Kendrick “Kenny” Blackwell is a kid of many creations. He is the writer of all stories set in the Universe of Awesome, including such characters as Izzy Speechbubbles, Spectrum Girl and The Amerikids. This would probably be fine – except that this is really all he does. Much to the dismay of his parents, he never needed friends because he created his own. No one really interacted with him throughout his elementary school years, and he has no regrets.
But now that he’s heading to Brighton Middle School, things are about to change, whether he likes it or not. His parents threaten to get him help from special aides if he doesn’t find a group of friends before the end of the school year. But then he meets Kaelynn “Kay” Morgan, a boisterous and outgoing girl who is interested in him and his work. When she hears of his parents’ threat, she hatches an elaborate plan to show his creations to the whole school, so he can attract the attention of many new friends.
However, he believes that kids’ interests change for the worse in middle school. He thinks his case is a lost cause, yet she refuses to give up. But before he knows it, he ends up making more enemies than friends, who have differing ideas on the interests of middle schoolers. With only ten months to prove himself, will Kendrick prevail? It’s an ambitious operation indeed, but it’s one that’s worth fighting for if it means a more awesome time in middle school. It’s time to commence Operation Awesome!