Ratfink (Dutton, 2010) by Marcia Thornton Jones is very fun. And touching. It involves an embarrassing photo, blackmail, fights, misunderstandings, and one confused grandfather. 5th grader Logan had planned for this year to be different--no more getting in trouble--and a pet for his birthday. But when his grandpa moves in, everything changes for 10-year-old Logan.
How can you resist these opening lines? "Grandpa was naked. It wasn't as if his doodly-flop was flipping around when I opened the front door. He did have a towel wrapped around his waist."
I'm definitely recommending this one to my nine-year-old grandson!
Ms. Jones is a prolific author with 131 published books! You may have heard of her Adventures of the Bailey School Kids written with co-author Debbie Dadey. Read more about Marcia's books on her site.