Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker: 01/14/18
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham is about a boy obsessed with the Guinness Book of World Records. He wants more than anything to set his own record and get himself into the book.
Meanwhile he's plagued by being part of a large, noisy family, with a younger brother who doesn't respect his space and seems hell bent on making his life miserable. Deciding to get away from it all by sleeping in a tent in the backyard.
Next door to the Mars family is an old man who has an aviary. Impressed by Teddy's declaration of independence, the man decides to hire the boy to help with his birds.
I personally (and this is me speaking as a parent) wanted to see more involvement from the parents but I realize that not every family is the same. I also, though, have to respect Teddy's restraint with his out of control brother.
From all of this mayhem comes the story of a boy learning to accept his family, take care of himself, and make amends with his brother. It's a bit of a diamond in the rough.