Moving from his old home to the town of Middle Valley, Ohio, Craig Morgenstern is ready to begin a new life. All his life, he's been taunted and tormented over being easy to scare. With that all behind him, Craig hopes Middle Valley will give him a chance to finally be brave.
Describing the town, Craig says that while it is named Middle Valley, it isn't in the middle of anything, and there isn't a valley in sight.
As he grows accustomed to it, Craig finds his wish to be seen as brave granted. A string of good luck ends up making him look like a superhero, earning him the attention of his new classmates, and a positive reputation around town.
The town's named residents include:
- The Morgenstern Family
- Includes Craig and his parents.
- Amy Suskind
- Travis Walker
- The Caperton Family
- Includes Brad and his older brother, Grant.
Middle Valley Middle SchoolCraig's new school. Not much description is given, but Craig does reveal you have to walk down a steep hill to get to it.
Amy's houseOn a Saturday afternoon, Craig spends time hanging out at the house of his new friend, Amy Suskind. The house has both an attic and a basement.
Shady Rest Funeral ParlorFuneral parlor owned by Travis' father. Craig describes it as a large, dark-shingled building. In a challenge, he is dared to sneak in and lie down in one of the coffins.
Brad's houseIn the book's final chapters, Craig pays a visit to Brad's house, thanking him and his brother for their help in his revenge prank.