Coming October 2015
"A sprawling, good-hearted adventure—pure fun."
Johnny Cannon is back, and he’s still got problems. He’s trying to find a happy ending with Martha Macker, whom he’s accidentally told he loves like a sister. His best friend’s Willie’s family is being pressured to move out of Cullman to who knows where. A pregnant lady’s shown up and claims she carrying his deceased brother’s baby. His Pa is still using the radio in the garage, calling himself and his two friends “the Three Caballeros.” And to make matters worse, the Mafia has a price tag on Johnny’s head twice the size of Cuba. Johnny Cannon is going to need all the help he can get.
"A boy with a highly original voice winces his way into the bewildering world of adults during a neglected moment in American history."
Richard Peck, author of the Newbery Medal-winning A Year Down Yonder
"Johnny and Willie are well-drawn characters to care about, and Cullman's a large-enough world for them to live out their stories. Over-the-top fun."
"A good choice for fans of historical fiction."
School Library Journal
Johnny Cannon’s got problems. Money is scarce. Martha Macker, the girl he likes, barely knows he’s alive. His best friend Willie is pretty great, but he also happens to be a black kid—which is not exactly acceptable in Cullman, Alabama. His big brother Tommy went to war and vanished. His Pa may be committing treason in their backyard. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get worse, an old family friend—or maybe enemy—appears and shakes everything up. How’s a kid like Johnny supposed to get himself and his family out of a mess that’s stickier than molasses and twice as tangled as a spiderweb?
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