Ned Bigby is pretty much your average 13-year-old: average height, average weight, not ugly, but not a total hottie. He's just average. But that's just fine with Ned, who's not really into appearances anyway. He hangs with anyone who he thinks is funny and cool, like his two best buds Moze and Cookie. Ned's not exactly popular, but he does have a couple of things going for him: He's smart and observant. Ned knows what's up. Which is probably why Ned's basically an optimistic guy. He realizes that nothing, including 7th grade, can be as bad as it seems. Of course, a few survival tips definitely come in handy now and then.