Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com
The mystery of Joseph Davidson's street has always been about his elusive neighbor, Tom Leyton. Joseph has always liked Tom's amiable sister, Caroline, but Tom was just weird. He rarely came out of his house. Not much was known about Tom Leyton.
That all changed when Joseph got a portrait assignment in his art class at school. Joseph suddenly found himself in the Leyton household drawing none other than Tom. The two bonded over Tom's silkworms and became friends. The mysteries of Tom Leyton were revealed once and for all to Joseph during these drawing sessions.
Joseph found the answers to other mysteries as well, such as The Running Man who had been haunting Joseph's life for years.
This book is all about learning to accept other people, even if they are different. Everyone has their own story, and some stories don't have happy endings. Joseph discovers this and more through his friendship with Tom.
This book is an excellent read. The reader is hooked from page one. Many mysteries are presented to capture the reader until the very end. Bauer has a knack for getting the reader to feel things right along with the main character, Joseph. This good read is recommended for anyone willing to learn a life lesson - never judge a book by its cover!