Author: Avi
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Phillip is the kid you hate in class. He thinks he's funnier than he really is. He's getting a D in English class and isn't allowed to try out for his beloved track team. To fight the man, he stands up and sings the national anthem during class, resulting in his suspension. And then, shit blows up.

As soon as he tells his parents he's been suspended for singing the national anthem—instead of, you know, disrupting class—he becomes national news, and his publicity begins to negatively affect the lives of those around him.

The novel, told through of series of letters, diary entries, school memos, and the like, explores the distortion of truth and humanity's natural instinct to protect itself, at whatever the cost.