Why don't parents come with an instruction manual?

When fifth-grader Jeff Pennant's relationship with his best friends is threatened because he is so frequently grounded, Jeff rebounds.

He begins a "scientific" study of what makes his parents happy so he can earn his freedom.

But when his well-intentioned efforts don't deliver the desired results, he has to look somewhere he hadn't considered.

Ultimately, Jeff's "Field Guide" leads to fruitful revelations for both himself and his parents.


"...an original and especially recommended addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library Pre-Teen Fiction collections for young readers ages 8-13."
-Midwest Book Reviews

"an extremely enjoyable book for science loving kids, kids who struggle with families and friendships...."
- M. 

"I liked this book a lot. It's sweet, funny, and poignant."

illustrations & cover art by
Wyn Batton

published by
Chicken Scratch Books

Available now