There are many kinds of "smart" and many kinds of "wise." Jonathan is a twelve-year-old Jewish boy who, in the fall of 1963, ends up in an eighth grade class for under-achievers. Little did he know that in one year, his life would be changed forever by a Christian autistic boy from the "Lower Zoo," the class for slow learners. Along the way, he will be challenged by a charismatic yet troubled classmate and touched by a young girl who is suffering abuse. Through surprising twists and turns, secrets will be revealed that shake his and his family's world, including his preoccupied father and his bright and eccentric younger brother. As you journey with Jonathan, you will: - Find yourself in the world of a 1960s Jewish-American family. - Identify with a twelve-year-old's struggles through the shame and pain of being in the Upper Zoo class. - Discover the importance of the Good News for Jewish people. - Fondly remember the early 1960s, or be motivated to travel back to those days and experience life through Jonathan's eyes. - Be enriched by the heartfelt themes of revelation and transformation.