Tere’s only one thing in the world Mickey vernon really wants, and it’s hanging in his family”s pool hall. It’s the awesome shirt that the winner of ten- to thirteen-year-olds’ nine-ball champianship will be wearing. But to win, Mickey has to beat Buck Pender, who is three years older and probably part gorilla. Not evan arlen pepper; loyal best freind and math whiz ,can help him. But when Joseph Alvarz, an old freind of Mickey’s father and absolute pool ace, offers to choach him, Mickey figures he has a chance. If only he can convince his mother to overcome her mistrust of joseph.