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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.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on April 16, 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316380881
ISBN-13: 9780316380881
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  • mybooksandi
    mybooksandiThursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:15 pm44 stars
    It was actually, kinda impressive. At first, I didn't really think this book is something I would like to read, I just didn't think it would appeal to my taste. But no, it was like, really good. The Next Great Paulie Fink is all about the horrors, ups, downs, and how to overcome that evil middle school version of yourself. It follows the life of Caitlyn Breen ,a girl in seventh grade that has to move to a new middle school in the middle of nowhere. She has to overcome the obstacle that is finding yourself. At the same time, she hears stories about a kid names Paulie Fink who, apparently, impacted the school and kids greatly. This book is different. It really shows the real side of middle school and how it was (truly) not the greatest. Hard. It was straight up hard, and this book shows that but with metaphors. I received an ARC from DogoBooks.
    • belle252
      belle252Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 6:21 pm55 stars
      This book is amazing it kept me hooked and i could not stop reading honestly i want a part 2. When Caitlyn is forced to move away from her friends to a new school she hates it. She has to leave everyone and everything behind for Vermont. But the school she goes to is like no other with only 11 students in her grade and one student missing and a pen full of goats. Paulie the only name her classmates would chant, Paulie was a legend at this school but that just makes him sound unreal. She had never met him and honestly could care less, she hated this school they had a Zucchini day, all she wanted was to go back to her friends. But those friends back in New York cut her off and now she was left with no one but these 10 other students who she would never accept(or would she?). These 10 kids did not care about how they looked or what they were doing they just wanted to have fun. The kids in her class were the orignals they had been going to this school since kindergarten they had been there since day. Who would be friends with who was already decided not many seventh graders came in. But Paulie had disappeared and no one knew why or where. Than her classmates had this amazing idea, they made a game show to find someone like Paulie, and lucky(not so lucky)Caitlyn got to judge it. This is a fun goat filled adventure that really teaches everyone to appreciate the things around them to accept others and just be kind.
      • auntieb
        auntiebMonday, March 18, 2019 at 10:28 am
        I really want to read this book!!! Where did you find it?!