Patrick Jennings reads from his newest middle-grade novel, "Odd, Weird & Little," at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
When the new kid joins his class, Woodrow agrees with his schoolmates: Toulouse is really weird. He's short, kindergarten-short, dresses in a suit like a grandpa, has huge eyes and barely says a word.
But Woodrow isn't exactly Mr. Popularity. The frequent target of the class bully himself, he figures that maybe all Toulouse needs is a chance. And when the two are put together in gym to play volleyball, they make quite the team. But when the attention and teasing switch back to Woodrow, he learns that the new kid is great at being a friend.
Jennings's books for young readers have received honors from Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, Smithsonian Magazine, the PEN Center USA, the Woman's National Book Association, and the Chicago and New York Public Libraries. He lives in Port Townsend.