Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim

Illustrator: Andy Rash

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780670012725
  • 256  Pages
  • Viking Children’s Books
  • 9 – 12


There’s a thief in town, and all signs point to twelve-year-old Charlie Drinkwater. Once you spontaneously morph into a giant mutant dinosaur in the middle of the school day, people will suspect you of just about anything. Charlie’s teachers decide that all he needs is a little discipline, so they make him join the swim team. The only problem is, Charlie is terrified of the water. (He’s terrified of a lot of things.) Charlie and his friends vow to apprehend the real criminal and clear Charlie’s name. But when they discover who the actual thief is, Charlie’s problems get a whole lot bigger . . . not to mention slimier, scalier, and smellier!
Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim

Bob Balaban, Illustrator: Andy Rash


“Bob Balaban does it all (really he does). He directs, acts and writes funny (really he does). In my opinion, this book is a monsterpiece."
– Henry Winkler
"Bob Balaban knows this world so well…you might think this actually happened to him…read it and you’ll see!"
– Whoopi Goldberg
“A masterful mix of humor, mystery, and school-related problems. . . . Charlie is a likable and believable character who will appeal to reluctant readers.”
– School Library Journal
“A very funny and insightful exploration of what it means to be the REAL you.”
– Julianne Moore
"The amiable drollery of The Creature From the Seventh Grade carries it a long way."
– The New York Times


Creature from the 7th Grade
Boy or Beast
Bob Balaban
Illustrator: Andy Rash