A neurotic 5th grader, who is preoccupied by problems that prevent him from being a normal child. He befriends a tough girl, who through his mother’s help is able to become “girly”. She comes from the typical “bad home” and he comes from a decent enough home where the mother is completely nice. It’s a great read, though some of it seems a bit too old for the age group this is for.
There is a sequel Donutheart out.