Restart

Eighth grader Chase Ambrose doesn’t remember his life before he fell off a roof and lost his memory. As he discovers when he returns to school, however, his past life is one he may be glad to forget. As a jock and a world class bully, he made the lives of many of his classmates unbearable. When Chase decides he wants to turn over a new leaf and be a kinder and more sensitive person, it is not a change that many of his former friends or victim are quick to believe is sincere. Is this just another way that Chase plans to draw them into his schemes of humiliation? Can Chase, along with the help of an elderly veteran at a retirement home where he is doing community service, a vestige of actions from his previous life, really “restart” his life? A story about bullying that is not preachy but provides insight into a character that middle grade readers can easily relate to.

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