Onion John Author:Joseph Krumgold, Symeon Shimin (Illustrator) It's one thing to have a father who wants to decide your future. It's quite another when he steals your best friend and tries to change your friend's life, too. Even though his father has big plans for him to become an engineer, Andy Rusch is perfectly happy working summers in the family hardware store, playing on the Serenity baseba... more »ll team, and being best friends with Onion John - the last person on earth Andrew Rusch, Senior, wants to see influencing his son. "One of the distinguished books of our time." — Library Journal.