Alan Cole can’t stand up to his cruel brother, Nathan. He can’t escape the wrath of his demanding father, who thinks he’s about as exceptional as a goldfish. And scariest of all – he can’t let the cute boy across the cafeteria know he has a crush on him. But when Nathan discovers Alan’s secret, his older brother announces a high-stakes round of Cole vs. Cole.
Each brother must complete seven nearly impossible tasks; whoever finishes the most wins the game. If Alan doesn’t want to be outed to all of Evergreen Middle School, he’s got to become the most well-known kid in school, get his first kiss, and stand up to Dad. Alan’s determined to prove to Nathan, to the world, to himself that this goldfish can learn to swim.
This book is suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years of age.
Perfect for fans of Tim Federle and Gary Schmidt, this is a hilarious and poignant tale about the trials of middle school when you’re coming of age — and coming out.
Eric Bell lives and writes in Pennsylvania. He was once in middle School and survived. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward is his debut novel, followed by Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance.