A boy. A birthday. A dream of a better life far, far away.
Junebug is an almost ten-year-old African American boy, living in the Auburn Street project with his loving, hard-working mother and younger sister, Tasha. As he approaches his birthday, he has both dreams and dreads. He dreams that someday he will have the chance to sail, but he dreads his tenth birthday because, at that age, the boys in his neighborhood are usually pressured to join gangs, and this is something that Junebug definitely wants to avoid. When his birthday arrives, Junebug tries to fulfill his dream by launching his collection of 50 glass bottles, each with a note inside asking for a sailing lesson. How Junebug's dream is fulfilled and how his dread is averted makes for a warmhearted and believable novel.