T.j Avery is a 14 year old boy in the seventh grade with Stacey. He is not like any of the other Logan children as he is a troublemaker and lies a lot. He is also a cheeky, chatty and outspoken young man. He is a year older than Stacey but is in his class as he failed last year. Hence he dislikes school. None of the children really like Stacy as he always wants to be the centre of attention. He thinks he is important because he is a year older. He knows everything that is going on and can’t keep a secret. He tells and especially scares the Logan kids Christopher john, little man, and Cassie about the burnings on the berry’s. T.j doesn’t know why but he does know that “some white people poured kerosene on one of the berry men and then lit a match to him.” He finds other peoples misfortunes like when Tatum got tarred and feathered quite amusing.
T.j is also a cheater and a briber as Stacey’s mama is their teacher and Stacey catches him trying to get answers to the test. He can’t understand why Stacey won’t try to get the test while he has such an opportunity to do so. He tries to persuade Stacey to get them for him as he says “friends gotta trust eachother, Stacey, cause aint nothing like a true friend” On the day of the test T.j tries to cheat and as he passes the cheat sheet to Stacey miss Logan (mama) thinks it was Stacey who was cheating. Stacey gets the blame and T.j said nothing. After school Stacey follows T.j to the walleses where he wants to beat T.j up. Mama fails T.j on his test and T.j gets real angry and mentions to the walleses that she “defaced” the books that they got from the county and that she’s not a good teacher. Mama gets fired and its toss fault.
Stacey will not be toss friend anymore. But T.j found himself two new friends RW and Melvin Simms they are both white.