Winner of the Newbery Medal
"A charming, intriguingly plotted novel." - Washington Post
Virgil Salinas is shy and misunderstood. Valencia Somerset is clever and stubborn. Kaori Tanaka tells fortunes and can read the stars. Chet Bullens is the biggest bully in the neighborhood.
They aren't friends. They're practically strangers. But when Chet pulls and unthinkable prank on Virgil and his pet guinea pig, Gulliver, these four middle-schoolers are thrown together in surprising ways.
Just a coincidence?
Or are some things meant to be?