Title: Cricket Man
Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Ostracized by everyone in his town and happy to be leaving there for good, Kenny uses the rest of his summer trying to rescue the hundreds of crickets who are killing themselves by jumping in the pool, but when a more pressing situation makes itself known, Kenny puts the crickets on hold to save a life that really matters.
Kenny Sykes is on a mission. He’s determined to make his mark somehow in his new town and his new school. In the meantime, he’s appointed himself the secret savior of the hundreds of crickets who seem bound to commit suicide by jumping into Kenny’s pool. Why he wants to save them, he’s not entirely sure. But once school starts again, Cricket Man finds that there are more important things that need saving. Namely, Jodie Poindexter—beautiful junior, across-the-street neighbor, and, underneath her com-posed facade, the most troubled and secretive girl in school.
Newbery Medal winner Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has crafted a funny and heartwarming story about how growing up is as much a choice as it is a given.