Thursday, June 4, 2009
Mercy on These Teenage Chimps by Gary Soto
Ronnie and Joey are best friends who have turned 13. Suddenly they seem to have acquired all sorts of odd characteristics such as big ears, long arms and body odor. They decide that like many other boys their age they are turning into chimps and even seem to be acting like apes in class and especially around girls. While helping the coach set up for an assembly Joey climbs into the gym rafters in order to impress a girl he likes and is yelled at by the coach - in front of the girl. Totally humiliated he runs home and climbs into a tree in his yard and refuses to come down. It's up to Ronnie to get the girl to come talk him down while steering clear of the neighborhood bullies as well as many other hazards.