Win a signed copy of Lamar! Details at the end of this post.

Since Saturday, I’ve fried Sergio like catfish, mashed him like potatoes, and creamed his corn in ten straight games of bowling. And it’s just the middle of the week. People call Wednesday “hump day,” but for Sergio it’s “kicked-in-the-rump day.” I’m his daddy now, the maddest, baddest, most spectacular bowler ever.

Sergio hates to lose. He’s always got some lame excuse for biting the dust. Now I’m on the phone, listening to him bump his gums about how he’s going to beat me tomorrow. I’ve heard enough, so I break him off a dose of reality.

Excerpt© 2011 Crystal Allen

About the book:

Lamar Washington is the maddest, baddest most spectacular bowler ever, but he doesn’t have game. So he vows to spend the summer changing his image from dud to stud.

What people are saying:

“Crystal Allen has the rare ability to make you laugh out loud one minute, and swell with tears the next. The ‘tween book world has a new hero-Lamar Washington-as well as a brilliant new author who’s bound to win a Bubba-sized trophy herself.”–Neal Shusterman, author of Unwind, Bruiser and The Schwa Was Here

“…from the first sentence Lamar will have readers hooked.”—Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“This stands out for its unusual setting and smooth integration of friendship and family concerns.”—Kirkus Reviews

“From the opening line, Lamar’s self-aggrandizing narration is fresh, funny and intriguing…”—Children’s Literature

Released: February 22, 2011

About the author:

During her childhood, Crystal Allen’s parents and older brother worked in bowling alleys, so lucky Crystal spent many hours on the lanes, bowling for free. Crystal lives in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband, Reggie, and two sons, Phillip and Joshua. You can visit her at


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