Into the Wild Nerd Yonder (Paperback)

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Winter 2009 Kids' 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


Punks, Poseurs, and Pervs—Just Another Day at High School

Jessie is so excited to start her sophomore year of high school, with her carefully planned outfits and her ample stash of school supplies. But things take an unexpected turn when everyone in her life changes. Her two best friends have gone poseur-punk and are both flirting with her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother is about to go off to college—and he shaved his Mohawk and started dating the homecoming queen. Jessie is suddenly clique-less. When she starts chatting up a girl in homeroom, she's surprised by an invite to join the Dungeons and Dragons crowd! Will hanging out with them make her a nerd? And when she sees how cute one of their members is, does it really matter?

About the Author

Julie Halpern is the author of several books, including Meant to Be, Maternity Leave, and Don't Stop Now. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their two children.

Praise For…

“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

“. . . funny, easygoing prose . . . an appealingly comic cousin of Carolyn Mackler's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.” —Kirkus on Get Well Soon

“I completely fell in love with Anna Bloom's voice--it's wry, romantic, and so, so true.” —Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere on Get Well Soon

“Engaging . . . real . . . refreshing, and natural, and the descriptions of the situations are hilarious!” — on Get Well Soon

“This book is hilarious, refreshing, honest and AWESOME!” —Elise, age 14 on Get Well Soon

“Witty, sarcastic, and drop-dead hilarious . . . this book made me laugh the most out of any book I have EVER read.” —Jason, age 14 on Get Well Soon

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312653071
ISBN-10: 0312653077
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: April 12th, 2011
Pages: 272
Language: English