Frenchy plans on spending senior year hanging out at the Smoking Rock with his best friend, Stewart. What he did not plan was Stewart landing the lead role in the school play, Man of La Manche. And it is not for a prank; Stewart is very serious about getting the role and becoming the role. As always, Frenchy is Stewart’s loyal “Sancho” (literally, he is cast as Quixote’s faithful sidekick) and is right beside him. However, when Stewart seems to be unable to distinguish reality from the character of Don Quixote, it brings memories flooding back of Frenchy’s father. Memories he rather not face. It is up to Frenchy to decide, does he try and help Stewart fight his windmills or should he let him face them alone? Teens (13 up) and adults will cheer, laugh and cry right along with these amazing people. — Jeanette
High school senior Frenchy has little ambition beyond hanging out at the smoking rock until his best friend, the ever-witty and conniving Stewart, gets him to try out for Man of la Mancha. To everyone's surprise, the guys are a hit. But when Stewart's antics begin to grow more obsessivehe wears his costume 24/7, freaks out about little details, and displays an incessant hatred of the high-tech windmills outside of townFrenchy worries that there's something deeper going on. Is Stewart spiraling into madness, just like Don Quixote? And can Frenchy battle through his own demons in time to save his friend from self-destruction before it's too late?
About the Author
David Stahler Jr., is the author of several novels for young adults. He teaches high school English in the mountains of northern Vermont.
"The narrative moves logically to its denouement, and the fast pace will keep readers interested in the conclusion" - School Library Journal
"[D]elivers a simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking look at the dual toll grief and mental illness take on teenagers. The resulting denouement is chaotic and heart-wrenching." - Publisher's Weekly