Steven B. Frank is the author of "Armstrong & Charlie" and "Class Action." His previous book, "The Pen Commandments: A Guide for the Beginning Writer," won the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age Award. Frank also teaches 6th grade English at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, where he likes to punish rambunctious kids with fun writing topics. Here's an excerpt from his latest book "Class Action":
No MORE HOMEWORK.
That’s what sixth grader Sam Warren tells his teacher while standing on top of his desk. He's fed up with doing endless tasks from the time he gets home to the time he goes to sleep. Suspended for his protest, Sam decides to fight back. He recruits his elderly neighbor/retired attorney Mr. Kalman to help him file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all students in Los Angeles. Their argument? Homework is unconstitutional.
With a ragtag team—aspiring masterchef Alistair, numbers gal Catalina, sports whiz Jaesang, rebel big sister Sadie and her tech-savvy boyfriend Sean—Sam takes his case to federal court. He learns about the justice system, kids’ rights, and constitutional law. And he learns that no matter how many times you get knocked down, there's always an appeal...until the nine justices who have the last say.
Will Sam's quest end in an epic fail, or will he be the hero who saves childhood for all time?