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EDGAR AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MYSTERY BANK STREET BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR SILVER BIRCH AWARD WINNER ôComplex and satisfying. Written from DanielÆs point of view, this perceptive first-person narrative is sometimes painful, sometimes amusing, and always rewarding.ö ùBooklist (starred review) From the author of Incredible Space Raiders from Space! comes a brand-new coming-of-age story about a boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorderùuntil he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means heÆs the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cupsùand hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habitsùhe calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. He hopes no one notices that heÆs crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesnÆt just notice him: she seems to peer through him. Then Daniel gets a note: ôI need your help,ö it says, signed, Fellow Star Childùwhatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him. With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand.