This is a Coming of Age story with great insight and depth. Gary Crockett learns from his invalid neighbor Earl how to hypnotize people. When Earl stands after being hypnotized by Gary, the kid is not sure if he’s special or Earl is lying. This is the beginning of the conflict and at its core is the outcome of the story we all tell ourselves. Gary learns to overcome many obstacles, all while struggling with some inner demons. He’s a good kid and the story ends on an upbeat note.