The Next Great Paulie Fink (Hardcover)

By Ali Benjamin

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316380881, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 16, 2019

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

In this highly anticipated second novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a classroom prankster like Paulie Fink.

When Caitlyn Breen enters the tiny Mitchell School in rural Mitchell, Vermont, she is a complete outsider: the seventh grade has just ten other kids, and they've known each other since kindergarten. Her classmates are in for a shock of their own: Paulie Fink--the class clown, oddball, troublemaker, and evil genius--is gone this year.

As stories of Paulie's hijinks unfold, his legend builds, until they realize there's only one way to fill the Paulie-sized hole in their class. They'll find their next great Paulie Fink through a reality-show style competition, to be judged by the only objective person around: Caitlyn, who never even met Paulie Fink. Who was this kid, anyway--prankster, performance artist, philosopher, or fool? Caitlyn's quest to understand Paulie is about to teach her more about herself than she ever imagined.

Told via multiple voices, interviews, and other documents, The Next Great Paulie Fink is a lighthearted yet surprisingly touching exploration of how we build up and tear down our own myths...about others, our communities, and ourselves.


About the Author

Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist for The Thing About Jellyfish, and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir Positive as well as Tim Howard's national bestseller The Keeper. She lives near Williamstown, Massachusetts.


Praise For The Next Great Paulie Fink

Praise for The Next Great Paulie Fink:

A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Children's Book of Spring 2019


* "A story with massive heart... A book to make readers think, question, reach, laugh, and strive harder."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review


* "A witty, tender, and utterly engaging modern school story that draws on the wisdom of the ages."—School Library Journal, starred review


* "Genuinely original, the novel offers thoughtful perspectives on friendship, accepting change, and the many rewarding guises of storytelling, as well as a fully gratifying ending that the characters don't see coming."
Publishers Weekly, starred review


"Takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery."—School Library Connection


"Sympathetic."
Booklist

Praise for The Thing About Jellyfish:
A 2015 National Book Award Finalist
A New York Times Bestseller
An Indiebound Bestseller
An E.B. White Read-aloud Book Award Finalist
An Amazon Editor's Best Book of the 2015
A 2015 GoodReads Choice Award Finalist
An Amazon Editors' Fall Favorite Children's Book
A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 2015
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015


*"A painful story smartly told, Benjamin's first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"Reminiscent of works by Jennifer L. Holm and Sharon Creech...a shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"Authentic and poignant...[a] superbly written, heartfelt novel."—School Library Journal, starred review

*"Clean, fluid writing that is highly accessible, yet rich with possibilities for discussion.... An uncommonly fine first novel."—Booklist, starred review

*"Just-right pacing, authentic voices and characters, beautifully crafted plot, and superb writing. Readers will find that this story lingers with them after the book is closed."—VOYA, starred review

"There are...a lot of children who might not only benefit from this book but also find themselves deeply moved by it."—New York Times Book Review