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Pack of Dorks
by Beth Vrabel


Overview - Lucy knows that kissing Tom Lemmings behind the ball shed will make her a legend. But she doesn't count on that quick clap of lips propelling her from coolest to lamest fourth grader overnight. Suddenly Lucy finds herself trapped in Dorkdom, where a diamond ring turns your finger green, where the boy you kiss hates you three days later, where your best friend laughs as you cry, where parents seem to stop liking you, and where baby sisters are born different.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Lucy knows that kissing Tom Lemmings behind the ball shed will make her a legend. But she doesn't count on that quick clap of lips propelling her from coolest to lamest fourth grader overnight. Suddenly Lucy finds herself trapped in Dorkdom, where a diamond ring turns your finger green, where the boy you kiss hates you three days later, where your best friend laughs as you cry, where parents seem to stop liking you, and where baby sisters are born different.

Now Lucy has a choice: she can be like her former best friend Becky, who would do anything to claim her seat at the cool table in the cafeteria, or Lucy can pull up a chair among the solo eaters--also known as the dorks. Still unsure, Lucy partners with super quiet Sam Righter on a research project about wolves. Lucy connects her own school hierarchy with what she learns about animal pack life--where some wolves pin down weaker ones just because they can, and others risk everything to fight their given place in the pack. Soon Lucy finds her third option: creating a pack of her own, even if it is simply a pack of dorks.

Weaving tough issues, including bullying, loyalty, and disability, with a thread of snarky humor, family bonds, and fresh perspective, Pack of Dorks paints characters coming-of-age and coming-to-terms. Beth Vrabel's stellar debut contemporary middle grade novel is sure to please fans of Jack Gantos, Elizabeth Atkinson, and Judy Blume.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers--picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781629146232
  • ISBN-10: 1629146234
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 216
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Bullying
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fourth-grader Lucy’s life is unraveling before her eyes, and it all started with a kiss. One day she is given a plastic dollar-store ring by classmate Tom Lemming after kissing him on the playground. The next, she misplaces the ring, and Tom turns on her. Lucy’s best friend Becky, terrified of losing her social status, won’t stand up for Lucy, even though outside of school she assures Lucy she’s still her friend. Then, Lucy’s sister, Molly, is born with Down syndrome, and her parents’ behavior changes too (“I wasn’t sure she and Dad had room to worry about my problems any more now that they had a whole syndrome to manage”). A class project with a quiet boy named Sam and the company of exuberant, nose-picking classmate April place Lucy in the dangerous territory of “Dorkdom,” but these new friends are loyal and make Lucy smile. Lucy’s growth and smart, funny observations entertain and empower in Vrabel’s debut, a story about the benefits of embracing one’s true self and treating others with respect. Ages 8–12. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Oct.)

 
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