Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face
By Paul Acampora
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596435483, 176pp.)
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Zachary's mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting.
Paul Acampora is an avid reader, an enthusiastic dad, and a ferocious fan of being human. His first novel Defining Dulcie received starred review from Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal and Booklist, and was a School Library Journal Best Books of 2006 and a VOYA Top Ten. Paul lives in Allentown, PA with his wife and two kids. Visit him at www.paulacampora.com
"What distinguishes this story is Acampora’s light touch with a weighty subject – this is a very funny book..." --ReadKiddoRead.com “Fans of small-town color and happy endings will take heart in this ultimately hopeful tale.” --BCCB "Quirky characters, small-town hominess, and frequent touches of humor create a Joan Bauer feel with cross-gender appeal.” -SLJ “An outstanding, humane coming-of-age tale of loss, yearning and forgiveness.” -Kirkus Reviews
"Acampora's light touch with weighty issues makes for a highly appealing read--readers will want to spend more time with these well-crafted and complex characters." -Publishers Weekly