Kenny Francis has four fathers. His real father was killed in Vietnam before he was born. His other three fathers were marine buddies of his dad’s and they’ve pitched in to raise him. Only it hasn’t worked. Kenny is a world champion screwup. He’s been sent to Bedford Academy to get straightened out but as Kenny tries to turn his life around he must face some painful truths about his father—and himself. Shortlisted –International Reading Association Young Adults Choices Award.


“Lester’s powerful coming-of-age novel looks with frankness and hard headed humor at the tangled webs that lies can weave and at the turbulent legacy of the Vietnam War.”

Delacorte Press

“A fast paced, clever coming-of-age story . . . Salingeresque in spirit.”


“a powerful message concerning courage and the nature of true heroism.”

School Library Journal