Skinny Malinky had already been to many other schools by the time he was sent to Strickland Reform School. He had been told that this would be his last stop, though no one had ever explained what that meant. And so it was that Skinny found himself trapped in Mr. Pratt’s English class, struggling to stay awake as Mr. Pratt diagrammed one sentence after another. Skinny felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned around to see Chops, his first friend at Strickland, trying to pass him a note.