Remember Dippy

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Remember Dippy

By Shirley Reva Vernick

Cinco Puntos Press, Hardcover, 9781935955481, 226pp.

Publication Date: July 23, 2013


Johnny's plans fly out the window when he finds out his single mother is leaving town for the summer. She has a breakthough job in upstate New York. He can live with his Aunt Collette but only on the condition that he "help out with" his autistic older cousin, Remember. Yup, you heard it right: Remember Dippy. That's his cousin's name--and Remember is a gawky awkward kid with some pretty strange habits, like repeating back almost everything Johnny says and spending hours glued to the weather channel. Johnny's premonitions of disaster appear at first to come to cringeworthy fruition, but when the two boys save a bully from drowning, salvage the pizzeria guy's romance, and share girl troubles, Johnny ends up having the summer of his life.

Winner of the Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award & 2014 Skipping Stones Honor Award

Shirley Reva Vernick's debut novel "The Blood Lie" was named on the 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list from the American Library Association. It also received the Simon Wiesenthal Once Upon a World Children's Award and Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award. Shirley lives with her husband, two daughters, and two frisky dogs in western Massachusetts. In addition to running a popular storytelling has written for "Cosmopolitan," "Good Housekeeping," "Ladies' Home Journal," national newspapers, and the publications of Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Boston universities.

About the Author
Shirley Reva Vernick's interviews and feature articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, national newspapers, and the publications of Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Boston Universities. She also runs a popular storytelling website,, which is used in schools, libraries, hospitals and homes all over the world. Shirley graduated from Cornell University, majoring in economics and nutrition, and is an alumna of the Radcliffe Writing Seminars. Her first novel, The Blood Lie, won the Simon Wiesenthal Once Upon a World Children's Book Award; was a Skipping Stone Honor Book; won the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, Directors Mention; was the silver medalist for the Sydney Taylor Book Award; and was listed by the ALA for the 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults. She lives in Amherst, Massachussetts.

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