Nickel Ice, by George Giokas, In English
As young Petros maneuvers the hallways of the Hellenic American School for the Arts, it’s the ice cream man who stops by at recess whom he learns the most from. Just one year shy of making it into high school, Petros challenges the strict rules of his school while also trying to follow the strict rules of his traditional Greek home in a tough neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. When he finally gets the chance to go to the specialized high school his brother now attends, his hopes and efforts are challenged by all the authority figures around him, except for his newfound friend, Mulvaney.
Ages 12-14, though also appealing to adult audiences
About the author: A graduate of Long Island University and UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and Television's professional program, George Giokas has spent many years as a reporter, editor, columnist and entrepreneur. Currently, he is Chairman of the consumer health news service, HealthDay. He resides on Long Island with his wife, Debra, and dog, Bella, and teaches journalism at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. This is his first novel.