All eleven-year-old Jared St. George can think about is making his school basketball team. What Jared refuses to think about is math, and the fact that he's failing it. Jared's only hope is peer tutoring from Ellie Brejovic, the weirdo classmate whom everyone shuns. To his surprise, Ellie makes math make sense. But when his mark improves, Jared would rather tell people he's been cheating than let the guys find out about her. Turns out that's the really big mistake, one that could cost Jared not just a spot on the team, but something far more valuable.