Yoda, Steinbeck, a dying friend and a missing father--Nick Gardner has a lot going on. Add in a quirky girl(friend?) and a quest, and you have an absorbing novel that nails teen angst and humor. One 8th grade boy stumped me by saying he wanted to read another book just like it. I think Gae Polisner had better get busy with that second novel! Appropriate for 7th grade and up.