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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
What happens next? Check out Stuck in the Middle, out now from Viking.
Next week: An Israeli cabdriver, a suicide bombing, and a missing father.