Fourteen-year-old Alex has heard lies all his life. His mother has rarely told him the truth. Instead, she filled his childhood with broken promises, neglect, and abuse. Confused and angry, Alex has found plenty of trouble in his life. Now on probation, Alex has just moved to his grandparents' home in a small Oregon town. If he can't stay out of trouble there, he will be sent to a "training camp" for delinquents
At bedtime, Stephen brushes his teeth and puts on his pajamas. Then he sits on top of the bed. He hugs his knees to himself and watches the bedroom doorway. He is too scared to sleep. What will he do if a shark appears? “Impossible!” says his mother. But still Stephen watches. Maybe a shark will get tired of living in the ocean. Maybe that shark will come to his house tonight. With this hilarious story, Winifred Morris shows youngsters they can face their fears and send them away.