Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe

By Shelley Coriell
(Amulet Books, Paperback, 9781419705458, 299pp.)

Publication Date: June 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“This fun, quirky novel follows well-liked shoe enthusiast and queen of her universe, Chloe Camden. This girl who loves to talk suddenly has to learn to listen and to see that everyone has problems to deal with in their lives and that everyone needs a friend.”
-- Larissa Genschaw, Children's Bookshop, Kent, WA

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school's struggling radio station, where the other students don't find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Gram's mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up holding a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the joy and fun in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.
Praise for "Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe
"Spring 2012 Indie Next List Children Selection
"Debut novelist Coriell shows sparkling wit and great skill in creating complex characters with memorable personalities. Chloe's emotional growth is believable, and her attraction to a quiet, mysterious boy at the radio station adds spice and tension to the story."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"This debut novel is more than it seems. Tough issues are addressed here, and the information is ladled out deftly."--"VOYA"
"This is fun, lighthearted chick-lit that touches on drug abuse and tough family issues. Romance, personal growth, and friendships are central to the story line. A quick, enjoyable read."--"School Library Journal"
"Looking for a fun, inspiring read? Then check out "Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe." Entertaining and full of heartrending moments, and the author has created interesting and unique characters. Even though this is more of a sparkling and humorous read, "Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe" delves into some tough topics such as drug addiction and bullying. 5 stars"--"North Valley Magazine"
"It's kinda like "Mean Girls "but with more shoes."--"Ashbury Park Sunday Press"

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