Pack of Dorks By Beth Vrabel
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.

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TitlePack of Dorks
AuthorBy Beth Vrabel
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published14 October 2014
Dimensions6.00 x 8.50in.

About the author

Beth Vrabel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She won a short-story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. Although her other plans—becoming a wolf biologist, a Yellowstone National Park ranger, and a professional roller skater—didn’t come to fruition, she stuck with the writing. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism, she moved through the ranks of a local newspaper to become editor of two regional magazines and a lifestyle columnist. Beth lives with her wonderful husband, two charming children, a spoiled rotten puppy, and Frodo the guinea pig in Canton, Connecticut.

"Debut author Vrabel takes three knotty, seemingly disparate problems—bullying, the plight of wolves and coping with disability—and with tact and grace knits them into an engrossing whole of despair and redemption. . . . Useful tips for dealing with bullying are neatly incorporated into the tale but with a refreshing lack of didacticism. Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"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." —Publishers Weekly

"Pack of Dorks nails the pitfalls of popularity and celebrates the quirks in all of us! An empowering tale of true friendships, family ties, and social challenges, you won't want to stop reading about Lucy and her pack... a heartwarming story to which everyone can relate." —Elizabeth Atkinson, author of I, Emma Freke

“A book about all kinds of differences, with all kinds of heart. Lucy and her pack of dorks are hilarious and lovable.” —Kristen Chandler, author of Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me and Girls Don’t Fly

"Beth Vrabel's humorous debut, Pack of Dorks, takes a fresh look at what it means to embrace what makes you and the ones you love different. While Lucy navigated the social hierarchy of intermediate school, I found myself alternating between laughing with her and cringing on her behalf. The novel is a must read for anyone trying to survive fourth grade or anyone who remembers what it was like. Pack of Dorks is the pack I want to join." —Amanda Flower, author of Agatha Award nominee Andi Unexpected

“Beth Vrabel’s stellar writing captivates readers from the start as she weaves a powerful story of friendship and hardship. Vrabel’s debut novel speaks to those struggling for acceptance and inspires them to look within themselves for the strength and courage to battle real-life issues.” —Buffy Andrews, author of The Lion Awakens and Freaky Frank

"This realistic story draws readers into Lucy’s struggle to untangle the messy social-hierarchy of school, all while adjusting to a new home front that includes a special needs, baby sister. The first person narration delicately illustrates Lucy’s innocence, strength, and uncertainty in a tale that encourages hope, as well as acceptance. Beth Vrabel weaves an authentic, emotional journey that makes her a standout among debut authors." —Kerry O'Malley Cerra, author of Just a Drop of Water
ISBNs: 9781629146232 978-1-62914-623-2 Title: pack of dorks category:JUV ISBNs: 9781632202222 978-1-63220-222-2 Title: pack of dorks category:JUV 
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