Thirteen-year-old Mic Parsons is surrounded by weird people. He has a deaf and blind sister who clunks noisily around the house. And Vern Chortle has moved onto his street. A truly strange kid who wears outrageous socks and a beeper watch, Verne has decided Mic should be his best friend. Mic has a bigger problem, though. He’s got to pass math, or his parents won’t let him try out for the baseball team. Between his odd sister and the even odder Vern, Mic wonders how he can concentrate on page after page of dreaded fraction problems. Will he ever make it onto the baseball diamond? Lynn E. McElfresh uses her experiences working with deaf children to paint a realistic and touching picture of Mic’s dilemma. As Mic gets help in math from an unexpected source, he will also learn about tolerance and change. Johnny Heller’s expressive voice adds just the right touch to this captivating unabridged recording.