Matt Kaizer, the protagonist in Avi’s short story “The Goodness of Matt Kaizer,” is a 6th grader who develops a new perspective on himself as a person. After being told his entire life to act good like his father, Matt Kaizer now struggles to find himself; he turns to be unlike his father and becomes a daredevil. However, a dare to visiting a dying man leads him to see the goodness in himself. After visiting Mr.Bataky, Matt’s perspective of himself begins to change. "The Goodness of Matt Kaizer"