What's a former "loser" to do when the absolute perfect dude moves to town (from California, of course) and draws the attention of everyone?
In the series opener, Danny Shine, comics lover and best artist at Gerald Ford Middle School, and his best friend, brainiac Jasper, managed to get their names off the Loser List (a secret list in the girl's second-floor bathroom, managed by school bully and diva Chantal). They're not the most popular guys in school, but they have a seat at lunch and some respect for their individual talents. Then along comes Ty, with his cool looks and his admirable fundraising for good causes and his positive attitudes and helpful nature... Danny and Jasper decide he must be stopped! When they discover that Ty is abysmal at rapping, they devise a talent show to embarrass him in front of the whole school, but do they have the heart to go through with the plan? Kowitt's second Wimpy Kid–esque tale of middle-school fringers pretty much repeats the first. Line drawings with plenty of goofiness and grossness will add to the appeal.
An easy read with a good heart; fans of the first will respond well again. (Fiction. 9-12)