Bullies are a problem in school, and Max Sellars is the worst one yet. In addition to hassling Freddy, Max challenges him for the open spot on the peewee hockey team. Freddy's secret weapon? His friend Jessie, a star hockey player who secretly teaches him some tricks. In a warm and funny ending, Max and Freddy find a way to make peace with one another and even become teammates.
Author Abby Klein, a first-grade teacher herself, models Freddy's adventures on those of real kids. Maybe that's why Freddy's concerns seem so realistic; and why young chapter-book readers love reading about them. Like many first-graders, Freddy loves sharks; and kids can look for the word fin hidden in the illustrations.