Ever since Cybil Ackerman grinned and crossed her eyes at Simon, he's been in love. Now every time he sees her, his heart pounds. Unfortunately, Simon's best friend, Tony is also swooning over Cybil, and he'll stop at nothing to ruin Simon's chances of impressing her — including telling some pretty outrageous lies. When Simon realizes what Tony is up to, the war is on...but of course it's up to Cybil to decide who wins.
Betsy Byars, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Pinballs, The Summer of the Swans, The Midnight Fox, and many other popular books for young readers, has taken this story of fifth-grade love and filled it with warmth, humor, and a keen eye for realism. The course of true love never did run smooth, and as Simon fights his battle for Cybil's heart, he learns some hard lessons about good and bad friendships, which readers can take away as well.