For fans of Wonder, Chris Baron's The Magical Imperfect is an affecting middle grade story of two outcasts who become friends…
Etan has stopped speaking since his mother left. His father and grandfather don’t know how to help him. His friends have given up on him.
When Etan is asked to deliver a grocery order to the outskirts of town, he realizes he’s at the home of Malia Agbayani, also known as the Creature. Malia stopped going to school when her acute eczema spread to her face, and the bullying became too much.
As the two become friends, other kids tease Etan for knowing the Creature. But he believes he might have a cure for Malia’s condition, if only he can convince his family and hers to believe it too. Even if it works, will these two outcasts find where they fit in?---from the publisher
336 pages 978-1250833075 Ages 10 and up
Keywords: novel in verse, historical fiction, magical realism, friends, friendship, accepting others, eczema, loners and outcasts, selective mutism, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, Jewish fiction