Darnell Rock is not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaper; it sounds too much like homework. But this is Darnell's last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school.
At first, Darnell would rather be hanging out with his sister and his friends. But soon he gets interested in the Oakdale Gazette
. Much to his surprise, Darnell discovers that people pay attention to the words he writes. Before he knows it, he's changed from a kid who can't do anything right to a person who can make a real difference in the world.