Five-Finger Discount Author:Barthe DeClements Five-Finger Discount is the story of fifth-grader Jerry Johnson, whose father is in prison — a fact Jerry desperately wishes to keep a secret. Unfortunately slimy Edward Troller knows and threatens to tell the whole school. Recipient of the Pen Center USA West 1989 Literary Award
5th grader, Jerry Johnson is a PK, prisoner's kid, but he keeps it to himself. One kid knows however and threatens to tell the whole school unless Jerry pays him off.
A smoothly plotted,..narrative strengthened by characters, esp. Jerry and his parents who are thoroughly believable and who can stand up to the book's potent theme.