Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

By Julie Halpern
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312382520, 256pp.)

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2009 Kids' List
“You will absolutely adore Jessie, a high school mathlete who makes themed skirts for every day of the year! When her two best friends suddenly turn punk, Jessie has to find new friends and stumbles into friendship with the Dungeons and Dragons crowd. A delightful novel with a strong, funny, smart lead character I would love to have known in high school.”
-- Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX


Description

It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed "mathelete," she isn't sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved his mohawk and started dating . . . the prom princess ) . . .


Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high-school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way--the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?


If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?




About the Author

Julie Halpern is the author of Get Well Soon and Don’t Stop Now, as well as the picture book Toby and the Snowflakes. In addition to writing, Julie is a middle-school librarian. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, lived in Australia for six months, and created a couple of zines before she started writing books, and realized she was and always has been a writer. She is married to the artist Matthew Cordell, and they live outside Chicago with their daughter and gloriously large Siamese cat, Tobin.

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