While Benjamin waits for his father to pick him up from school, he doesn't hear the screams of the kids playing dodge ball on the playground. The only thing he hears is, "a word. The word." Earlier that day, Benjamin beat his friend James while playing handball, and James retaliated by calling Benjamin "the word." When confronted with James' epithet, Benjamin sets off on a poignant journey to understanding and forgiveness. This book is bilingual (English and Spanish).