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Ali Benjamin: Next Great Paulie Fink

A. Benjamin

When Caitlyn Breen begins her disorienting new life at Mitchell School--where the students take care of real live goats and study long-dead philosophers, and where there are only ten other students in the entire seventh grade--it seems like nobody can stop talking about some kid named Paulie Fink. Depending on whom you ask, Paulie was either a hilarious class clown, a relentless troublemaker, a hapless klutz, or an evil genius. One thing's for sure, though: The kid was totally legendary. Now he's disappeared, and Caitlyn finds herself leading a reality-show-style competition to find the school's next great Paulie Fink. With each challenge, Caitlyn struggles to understand a person she never met...but it's what she discovers about herself that most surprises her. Told in multiple voices, interviews, and documents, this funny, thought-provoking novel from the bestselling author of The Thing About Jellyfish is a memorable exploration of what makes a hero--and if anyone, or anything, is truly what it seems. Gr. 3-7

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  • 368 Pages
  • 6" x 8"
  • ©19
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 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
  • Other Starred Reviews: Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness


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