The Next Great Paulie Fink (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Next Great Paulie Fink (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Ali Benjamin

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This B&N Exclusive Edition includes The Almost-Lost Archives of the Search for the Next Great Paulie Fink – even more outrageous stories and interviews, plus a speech from the legend himself!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316530767
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 37,644
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

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Tfloc More than 1 year ago
Caitlyn and her mother have moved to a new town that is completely different from where she previously lived. She needs to make new friends and navigate a new school. She finds her classmates are quirky, and the school is the strangest school she's ever been in. She keeps hearing about a boy who suddenly moved away, Paulie Fink. Everyone tells stories about him and offers a different description of what he was like. Caitlyn doesn't know what to make of this, but mostly she knows she doesn't want to be his replacement. This book brought up many issues facing middle schoolers without be pedantic or preachy. The author does a wonderful job of showing Caitlyn's evolution through the story. I loved the quirky kids and they way they were valued for being themselves - something many middle schools don't necessarily allow, as revealed through Caitlyn's communications with her friends from her previous school. And then there's Paulie - who was he really? Can we ever say we really know someone? #NetGalley