Louis Sachar’s There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom adds another misunderstood protagonist to literary shelves with Bradley Chalkers, the novel’s narrator and a perpetual bully. Bradley has been held back a year, and now faces a year in the fifth-grade as the oldest kid in the classroom. Appearing not to care about his lack of an approachable social status, Bradley is surprised when the new kid at school, Jeff Fishkin, wants to be his friend. Along with this new friendly development, the school counselor, Carla Davis, whose unique methods and patience have made her sympathetic to Bradley’s plight, befriends the misjudged boy. As Bradley begins to navigate the school year’s ups and downs, Miss Davis helps him progress past his inherent outsider demeanor, and he begins to grow up. Will this be the year that Bradley moves past being merely “Bad Bradley”? Sachar’s gentle humor allows him to deftly deal with Bradley’s deep-seated desire and need to feel accepted, a childhood yearning experienced by all. There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom is appropriate for students ages 8 and up.