When Toby Karlson, aka TK, is at the wrong place at the wrong time, he goes from cool kid to total outcast with just one hip check. Sixth-grade orientation was scary, but TK didn’t realize it would change his life. Now he has to hang out with the smartest and geekiest kid in school, while dodging the school bully and his posse. If TK were on the ice, he’d know exactly what to do. But this is life and not a hockey game. Can TK get his good-guy status back at fifth-grade camp?


Character-building message: promotes self-confidence and self-esteem in bullying situ-ations.


It’s that time of year again: transition from elementary school to middle school. Help your students be prepared for this important time in their lives by using Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors to help them deal with real-life situations such as:

  • Bullies
  • Friendship
  • Gossip and rumors
  • Gaining confidence in new situations
  • Learning to communicate effectively with peers
  • Teamwork


Winner of the following book awards:
2013 Mom’s Choice Book Awards, Silver in Juvenile Level 2 (Ages 9-12) Books, Fiction, General
2013 DIY Book Festival Award Honorable Mention (Children’s)
2013 Fall NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner, Best Book in Juvenile Fiction

Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors