Worse Than Weird
Readers who love Leslie Connor and Ann M. Martin will adore this story of a citywide scavenger hunt and a girl who learns that family—and weirdness—is relative.
Summer Coding Camp
Incoming 7th graders only
Eight-week session begins June 28
This is it, my summer plan.
Hoping to ditch two months of chicken coops, kale, and her parents’ antiscreen rules, Mac MacLeod sets out to win a citywide food cart scavenger hunt and the money she needs for the summer coding camp of her dreams.
But Mac discovers more than just clues during her cross-city sprint—like how her weird parents might not be the worst thing compared to the circumstances of those around her.
With the same humor and hope of her debut novel, Mostly the Honest Truth, Jody J. Little gives readers another spunky, unforgettable character to root for.
Praise For Worse Than Weird…
“Middle-grade readers are bound to enjoy Mac's machinations.” — Booklist
“Plenty of warmth and fun. A good bet for fans of Emma Donoghue’s The Lotterys books or Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s Book Scavenger series.” — School Library Journal
“Readers will appreciate following the food-focused treasure hunt, Mac's zeal for coding, and her compassionate friends. Earnest, entertaining and original.” — Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR Mostly the Honest Truth: “This upbeat tale portrays a hero’s journey that takes a community to complete.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Jane is an old-fashioned fix-it kid in this sweet story of folks young and old in need of what the Three Boulders stand for: forgiveness, redemption, and community.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“To get to Three Boulders, turn right at the juncture of sadness and courage, keep straight to the edge of wisdom, and take the fork to understanding. You won’t want to leave that magical place.” — Susan Patron, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Higher Power of Lucky
“Jane Pengilly is prickly, persistent—and an utter delight! She, and the other inhabitants of Three Boulders, will take your heart apart and put it back together again. A superb debut.” — Leslie Connor, author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
HarperCollins, 9780062852588, 272pp.
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
About the Author
Jody J. Little is an elementary school teacher in Portland, Oregon, who loves sharing her joy of books with her students. She is the author of Mostly the Honest Truth and Worse Than Weird. Visit her at www.jodyjlittle.com or follow her on Twitter @jodyjlittle.