New York : Listening Library, 2007.
Tom Henderson (aka King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser. Zero athletic skills, a nonexistent social life, and an inexhaustible supply of rock-and-roll dreams. Up until the tenth grade, he spent his days with his alphabetical-order friend, Sam Hellerman, attempting self-preservation by avoiding the general normal/psychotic high school student body and administration. Until he discovers the book--The catcher in the rye--that will change the world as he knows it. When Tom finds his deceased father's copy of the Salinger classic, then discovers a secret code, a funeral card, and a twenty-four-hour Martinizing receipt, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. And it looks like it's all just the tip of a very odd iceberg of clues that may very well help Tom unravel the puzzle of his father's death and--strangely--reveal the secret to attracting semihot girls. Though being in a band could possibly be the secret to the girl thing--but good luck finding a drummer who can count to four.