In this acclaimed novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a legendary classroom prankster.
When Caitlyn Breen begins her disorienting new life at Mitchell Schoolwhere the students take care of real live goats and study long-dead philosophers, and where there are only ten other students in the entire seventh gradeit seems like nobody can stop talking about some kid named Paulie Fink.
Depending on whom you ask, Paulie was either a hilarious class clown, a relentless troublemaker, a hapless klutz, or an evil genius. One thing's for sure, though: The kid was totally legendary. Now he's disappeared, and Caitlyn finds herself leading a reality-show-style competition to find the school's next great Paulie Fink. With each challenge, Caitlyn struggles to understand a person she never met...but it's what she discovers about herself that most surprises her.
Told in multiple voices, interviews, and documents, this funny, thought-provoking novel from the bestselling author of The Thing About Jellyfish is a memorable exploration of what makes a heroand if anyone, or anything, is truly what it seems.
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist for The Thing About Jellyfish, and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir Positive as well as Tim Howard's national bestseller The Keeper. She lives near Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Caitlyn and her mother have moved to a new town that is completely different from where she previously lived. She needs to make new friends and navigate a new school. She finds her classmates are quirky, and the school is the strangest school she's ever been in. She keeps hearing about a boy who suddenly moved away, Paulie Fink. Everyone tells stories about him and offers a different description of what he was like. Caitlyn doesn't know what to make of this, but mostly she knows she doesn't want to be his replacement. This book brought up many issues facing middle schoolers without be pedantic or preachy. The author does a wonderful job of showing Caitlyn's evolution through the story. I loved the quirky kids and they way they were valued for being themselves - something many middle schools don't necessarily allow, as revealed through Caitlyn's communications with her friends from her previous school. And then there's Paulie - who was he really? Can we ever say we really know someone? #NetGalley