About the Author
Steven Frank is the author of The Pen Commandments, a guide to writing that Booklist called “funny, inspiring, personal, moving, and often hilarious." His middle grade short fiction and plays have appeared in Weekly Reader’s Writing and Read magazines. He is also a beloved middle school teacher at Le Lycee Francais of Los Angeles, where his students often intentionally misbehave because he punishes them with fun writing assignments.
"Armstrong and Charlie are endearing and layered protagonists worth cheering for." – Horn Book "...will have readers cheering." –Bulletin * " Unforgettable, well-drawn titular characters are the heart of this deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny story about family, friendship, integrity, and navigating differences."– Kirkus, starred review "This uplifting and touching exploration of friendship, with a vivid setting, is a solid addition to most middle school libraries." –School Library Journal Armstrong and Charlie is one of those distinctly American books that speaks to us of who we are. It warns us of those forces that divide us, and celebrates the strength of those who can overcome them. Armstrong and Charlie are real kids, and their friendship is a real friendship, and their conflicts are real, and their courageous solutions are real as well. This novel is an exultation of hope--and a dang good story to boot. – Gary Schmidt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now "Frank imbues all of his main players—from Armstrong’s one-legged Korean War veteran father to Charlie’s mother, who is mourning the death of her eldest son—with distinctive voices, giving emotional substance to their triumphs and heartbreaks while never talking down to his audience."--Association of Jewish Libraries —