Duffey s prose is witty and fluid, with a warmth that envelopes even Marty s lout of a gym teacher. Marty s athletic woes and his determination to get the better of them will comfort and appeal to the many who endure similar trials. -- Booklist
Marty has moved and is in third grade in a new school. He is excellent at math, but always gets picked last for the team in gym class. In his mind, "math wiz + P.E. = misery". He tries to change the equation in many inventive ways, but finally tips the balance by adding "friend" into the mix. Duffey is adept at capturing the angst felt by elementary school kids. 1997 (orig.