What's going on is Teddy, one of seven kids in his tight-knit family, finds a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records and becomes determined to break a record of his own. But that's hard to do when his brother, nicknamed The Destructor, is constantly messing things up and his five older sisters seem to always get in the way. And to top it all off, the new girl at school, Viva, has dropped in on his life-long friendship with Lonnie. AND, the grumpy old man next door hires him to help take care of his pigeons even though he seems to think that Teddy can't do anything right.
This story is about relationships - the bond between brothers and sisters (even annoying ones) and changing friendships - and how we succeed because of all the people in our lives.
I could really relate to Teddy's frustrations with his crowded house - I have 9 brothers and sisters, so I know how that feels. I also connected with his reluctance to let in a new friend. A new friend can sometimes feel like they are stealing your old friend, or changing the way you have always done things. These characters really help us learn about getting along with others.
I also like that we learn a little more about perseverance. Teddy is amazing at sticking to his goal, no matter how hard it gets.
And best of all, the book is funny. You will love the characters and all the trouble they get into.
You can find this book in the Realistic Fiction section of our classroom library.