It is the last Friday in October, everybody in Appleton is excited for the derby of an American football game between the Ferocious Ferrets of Fillmore High School and the Chargers of Merrimac High School – also known as the Big Game.
Newton Newman (Newt) has a big brother, Chris Newman (Chris),who is a local football star, who plays for the Ferocious Ferrets after an electrifying debut two years back.
Newt is preparing breakfast for his family when he comes across an article of his brother in the Sports section of the local newspaper.
At first, Newt is eager to show the article to Dad but he is held down when the phone rings.
On the other hand, Mom is also busy receiving a call from their neighbour.
Newt gets frustrated as both of his parents have not touched their breakfast.
To make himself feel useful, Newt goes upstairs to woke his brother up.
Annoyed with Newt’s bellow, Chris throws a pillow at him but ends up hitting the floor hard.
CHAPTER 2 : HALLOWEEN PLANS ARE MADE – SORT OF
Appleton Elementary is packed with different kinds of kids and actions.
At times, he tries to be friendly and greets his classmates but often, they just stare back fiercely and ignore him.
Before the classes start, Newt finds a quiet place for him to settle down.
He takes out one of his Secret Superhero Sketchbooks and starts playing with his imagination.
Newt has never shown his sketching of the superhero characters to anyone else except to his two best friends, Cecil and JJ, who have utmost admiration towards Newt’s creativity.
Cecil alerts them of the coming Halloween and suggests that they celebrate it as usual.
Talking about celebrating Halloween, the three of them are bored with their own costumes as they have been wearing the same outfits for years.
Eventually, Cecil suggests that each of them needs to come out with an outstanding Halloween costume based on their ‘inner other’ that will catch everybody’s attention.
CHAPTER 3 : I SEARCH FOR SOMEBODY I AM NOT
During social studies class, Newt is still searching for an idea for his Halloween costume.
He imagines himself as Zeus, the god of lightning according to the Greek myth, but soon realises that he does not fit in the descriptions shown by his subject teacher.
Not giving up, he raises his hand asking Mrs. Young what the American pioneers wore when they built the country.
Although Newt is ridiculed by his classmate, the answer given by his teacher is more than enough for him to rule out the possibility of having such costume for Halloween.
The school ends early so the students and locals can watch the Big Game Pep Parade on the street.
Newton is ecstatic to attend his brother’s last game of the season.
7. On the other hand, Cecil and JJ are more incline to their Halloween costumes.
That has put Newt back in dilemma as he is having hard time thinking about his own Halloween costume.
Newt falls asleep while figuring out the design of his costume only to wake up after he has a terrible dream.
It is time for the Big Game as his parents are getting ready for it and with heavy heart, Newt has to put aside his coming Halloween celebration and shift his focus on the final game.
CHAPTER 4 : FOOTBALL IS PLAYED AND MISTAKES ARE MADE
Newt stops thinking about Halloween when he recalls the moment Chris mentions Reggie Ratner, an opponent from Merrimac High, who has always been holding grudges against his brother.
To make it worst, during the Big Game, the crowd play sentiment on both Chris and Reggie.
Newt, who is now away from his bleacher, is shown his way out after he fails to present his seat ticket to the person in charge.
When the final quarter starts, both teams are level and unfortunately, Newt is forced to watch the game from outside the wire fence surrounding Fillmore Field.
He can see that the Home team, especially his brother, is playing their hearts out until the game reaches its last 45 seconds – the Away team is leading by two points.
Without giving up, the Big Game is getting more intense during the last seven seconds.
The Ferrets show high determination and Chris manages to get a last minute touchdown.
There are mixed feelings on the ground as the opponents bow down to their defeat and the home crowd is jubilant with the winning streak.