There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar
|This was the cover of the copy I owned.|
"Bradley Chalkers IS the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls. No one likes him—except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren’t afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world. . . ."
I re-read this book several times when I was younger. It's a story about friendship and growing up and changing, and yet it's not at all sappy. There's humour laced throughout, but it's all done with genuine emotion. I love the relationship that develops between Carla and Bradley, and I have to admit: this book made me cry. Actually, I've cried upon more than one reading of it.
Anyone remember this one?