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Aaron is a hyper, creative, nerdy kid whose imagination frequently gets the best of him. Can he ever find a friend in the nightmare known as middle school?
All week on the Comics Page, we're excerpting Aaron Renier's "Simple Machines," a delightful short story of middle-school angst and imagination, from Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics From an Unpleasant Age, an anthology just published by Viking.
"Simple Machines," by Aaron Renier
Tomorrow: Aaron escapes … to his own world.