The Reappearance of Sam Webber
by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
When eleven-year-old Sam Webber's father disappears without a trace, he and his mother are forced to relocate to a tough neighborhood. Unfamiliar with his surroundings, intimidated by his new school, Sam is lost until he meets Greely, the school's elderly black janitor. Through this unlikely friendship, Sam begins to heal. The Reappearance of Sam Webber won an Alex Award.