Fifteen-year-old Andy Crockett wouldn—t call himself the luckiest kid on earth. At home, his brother got all the looks and the smarts. And at school, he doesn—t exactly fit: not with the Goths, not with the athletes, and certainly not with the brains. Not even, really, with The Six—a group of misfits who hang out with each other only because they can—t stand hanging out with anyone else.
At the start of the school year, though, Andy starts to think that his luck has changed. Although Parkerville High isn—t the coolest school on earth, there's one very cool thing about it: Mr. Retzlaff. And Andy's got him for Grade 10 Social.
Grade 10 Social is awesome from Day One. It's the class that covers World War II, and Hitler, and the Holocaust. It's the class in which Mr. R. stresses that pictures can be deceiving, and encourages his students not to believe everything they hear. It's the class that Andy wants to ace—if only to make Mr. R. proud. Before long, though, Andy starts to realize that Mr. R's version of history doesn—t quite match everyone else's, and that acing this particular class may cost more than he's willing to pay.
With Numbers, award-winning author David A. Poulsen offers a piercing look at the costs of turning your back on what is popular and learning to think for yourself.