In this thought-provoking examination of freedom, patriotism, and respect ninth-grader Philip Malloy is kept from joining the track team by his failing grades in English class. Convinced that the teacher just doesn’t like him, Philip concocts a plan to get transferred out of her class. Breaking the school’s policy of silence during the national anthem he hums along and ends up in a crisis at the center of the nation’s attention! This edition includes After Words, bonus interview, information and activities. Lexile Measure:/ NPAuthor: Avi. 208 pages, paperback, 5 x 7 inches.