Norm is an 11 year old boy who works in his family's grocery store. One day, his dad asks him to get some hamburger ready by using the meat grinder. Can you guess what happens? This book explores the challenges faced by this one-handed boy. Although it is based on a true story, the author 's writing evokes very little emotion from the boy or his family and friends. In reality, the mother does not baby him and forces him to get along, adapting to his disability, but again the boy's character is very flat and does not seem to come alive with these challenges.