For as long as he can remember, Malcolm has never felt like he's good enough. Not for his parents, who have always seemed at odds with each other, with Malcolm caught in between. And especially not for his dad, whose competitive drive and love for sports Malcolm has never shared.
That is, until Malcolm discovers miniature golf, the one sport he actually enjoys. Maybe it's the way in which every hole is a puzzle to be solved. Or the whimsy of the windmills and waterfalls that decorate the course. Or maybe it's the slushies at the snack bar. But whatever the reason, something about mini golf just clicks for Malcolm. And best of all, it's a sport his dad can't possibly obsess over.
Or so Malcolm thinks.
Soon he is signed up for lessons and entered in tournaments. And yet, even as he becomes a better golfer and finds unexpected friends at the local course, be wonders if he might not always be a disappointment. But as the final match of the year draws closer, the tension between Malcolm's parents reaches a breaking point, and he feels like it's up to him to put the puzzle of his family back together again.
John David Anderson, author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day, returns with a humorous and heartfelt story about the ways in which we can fail to connect with those close to us, no matter how many shots we take-and the courage required to keep playing. Random House Children's Books, Summer 2020
Age Range: From 8 to 12
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press, May 2020
Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.5 W × 1.1 H
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