Into the Wild Nerd Yonder (Hardcover)
October 2009 Indie Next List
“You will absolutely adore Jessie, a high school mathlete who makes themed skirts for every day of the year! When her two best friends suddenly turn punk, Jessie has to find new friends and stumbles into friendship with the Dungeons and Dragons crowd. A delightful novel with a strong, funny, smart lead character I would love to have known in high school.”
— Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed "mathelete," she isn't sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved his mohawk and started dating . . . the prom princess ) . . .
Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high-school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way--the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?
If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?
About the Author
Julie Halpern is the author of "Get Well Soon" and "Don't Stop Now," as well as the picture book "Toby and the Snowflakes." In addition to writing, Julie is a middle-school librarian. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, lived in Australia for six months, and created a couple of zines before she started writing books, and realized she was and always has been a writer. She is married to the artist Matthew Cordell, and they live outside Chicago with their daughter and gloriously large Siamese cat, Tobin.
Praise for Into the Wild Nerd Yonder:
“The relationships and dialogue ring true; readers navigating the stratified social structures of high school will relish an ending that celebrates true friendship.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Readers will both identify with and like Jessie and will cheer her conversion from meek to outspoken.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Reinvention is rarely so delightfully nerdy.”—Booklist
“This novel is particularly strong in showing how teen friendships evolve and sometimes die away, and how adolescents redefine themselves.”—School Library Journal
“Witty”—Horn Book Review
Praise for Julie Halpern and Get Well Soon:
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens 2007
Winner, Ken Award (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
“. . . funny, easygoing prose . . . an appealingly comic cousin of Carolyn Mackler’s The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.”—Kirkus
“I completely fell in love with Anna Bloom’s voice—it’s wry, romantic, and so, so true.”—Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere
“Engaging . . . real . . . refreshing, and natural, and the descriptions of the situations are hilarious!”—TeenReads.com
"This book is hilarioius, refreshing, honest and AWESOME! — Elise, age 14
"Witty, saracastic, and drop-dead hilarious . . . this book made me laugh the most out of any book I have EVER read" —Jason, age 14