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The Next Great Paulie Fink

by Benjamin, Ali,

Format: Book on CD 2019
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Green Tree Public Library Children's Audiobooks J CD BK BEN
Location  Green Tree Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Audiobooks
 
Call Number  J CD BK BEN
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Audio Books j CD BENJAMIN
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Audio Books
 
Call Number  j CD BENJAMIN
 
 
Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile Audiobooks J CD/BK FIC BENJA
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audiobooks
 
Call Number  J CD/BK FIC BENJA
 
 
Northland Public Library Children's Audio Books J FIC BENJAMIN (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Audio Books
 
Call Number  J FIC BENJAMIN (COMPACT DISC)
 
 
Summary
In this acclaimed 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 legendary classroom prankster.

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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A reluctant newcomer in a small Vermont town, Caitlyn joins 10 other seventh-graders at the Mitchell School, which resembles a haunted house. Though initially uncomfortable among her classmates, who often reminisce about Paulie Fink, a former student and legendary prankster, Caitlyn comes to enjoy mentoring a kindergartener and running a secret class contest to find the next great Paulie Fink. When she discovers that, with reduced revenues, Mitchell may be forced to close, Caitlyn realizes how much her quirky new school matters to her. Interspersed with frequent statements from classmates, teachers, and the principal, Caitlyn's first-person narrative places her at the story's emotional center, while an ensemble cast of individuals revolves around her and ultimately supports Caitlyn in becoming her own person. Though the pacing seems slow initially, the story becomes more engaging as Caitlyn begins to find her way. Gradually realizing that she feels remorse for bullying a classmate at her old school, she becomes an increasingly sympathetic character. A change of pace for Benjamin, who wrote The Thing about Jellyfish (2015).--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A wildly imaginative but never mean-spirited prankster, Paulie Fink was the life of Mitchell School. When he doesn't appear on the first day of seventh grade, his classmates (called the "Originals," since they are the school's inaugural class) are bereft and largely ignore new-girl Caitlyn. Missing her old friends, play-by-the-rules Caitlyn scoffs at her classmates' eccentricities and those of the easygoing school, located in an old Vermont mansion whose lawn boasts dilapidated statues of gods and where goats trim the overgrown soccer field. To "pull Paulie back to us," the Originals stage a reality TV-style competition to "find someone to play the role of Paulie. Someone whose official job it is to make school... memorable," and they recruit Caitlyn to concoct challenges that reflect Paulie's spirit. Benjamin (The Thing About Jellyfish) adroitly fleshes out her witty premise-and Paulie's charismatic personality-through Caitlyn's narration, interviews with Originals and administrators, and reflections on the ancient Greek beliefs taught in class. Genuinely original, the novel offers thoughtful perspectives on friendship, accepting change, and the many rewarding guises of storytelling, as well as a fully gratifying ending that the characters don't see coming. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Schools -- Fiction.
Behavior -- Fiction.
Contests -- Fiction.
Luck -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Students -- Juvenile fiction.
Competition -- Juvenile fiction.
Practical jokes -- Juvenile fiction.
Vermont -- Juvenile fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Morris, Cassandra, 1982- narrator.
Villa, Zach, narrator.
Bowen, Cameron, 1988- narrator.
McArthur, Adam, narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by Cassandra Morris, Zach Villa, Cameron Bowen, and Adam McArthur.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
Description 6 audio discs (approximately 7 hr., 12 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781549148828
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