Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

Julie Halpern

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It’s Jessie’s sophomore year of high school. A self-professed “mathelete,” she isn’t sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved his mohawk and started dating . . . the prom princess!) . . .

Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high-school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way—the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?      

If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?


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I SO USED TO LOVE THE FIRST DAY of school. Ever since my mom let me pick out my first pair of first-day-of-school navy Mary Janes with the fl ower pattern puckered into the top, I knew I’d like the newness, yet revel in the sameness that the fi rst day of school always brings. New pens I’ll lose after fi rst period, new schedules with the promise of a cool new teacher or intriguing new exchange student, and new classes to ace. Not in a braggy, nerdy way, just in an I’m-smart-and-I-kind-of- ike-to-study way. It’s not as though school defi nes me. Although, I guess I don’t



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Praise for Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

Praise for Into the Wild Nerd Yonder:

“The relationships and dialogue ring true; readers navigating the stratified social structures of high school will relish an ending that celebrates true friendship.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Readers will both identify with and like Jessie and will cheer her conversion from meek to outspoken.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Reinvention is rarely so delightfully nerdy.”—Booklist

“This novel is particularly strong in showing how teen friendships evolve and sometimes die away, and how adolescents redefine themselves.”School Library Journal

“Witty”—Horn Book Review

Praise for Julie Halpern and Get Well Soon:

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens 2007
Winner, Ken Award (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

“. . . funny, easygoing prose . . . an appealingly comic cousin of Carolyn Mackler’s The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.”—Kirkus

“I completely fell in love with Anna Bloom’s voice—it’s wry, romantic, and so, so true.”—Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere

“Engaging . . . real . . . refreshing, and natural, and the descriptions of the situations are hilarious!”—TeenReads.com

"This book is hilarioius, refreshing, honest and AWESOME! — Elise, age 14

"Witty, saracastic, and drop-dead hilarious . . . this book made me laugh the most out of any book I have EVER read" —Jason, age 14

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  • Julie Halpern

  • Julie Halpern is the author of Get Well Soon and Don’t Stop Now, as well as the picture book Toby and the Snowflakes. In addition to writing, Julie is a middle-school librarian. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, lived in Australia for six months, and created a couple of zines before she started writing books, and realized she was and always has been a writer. She is married to the artist Matthew Cordell, and they live outside Chicago with their daughter and gloriously large Siamese cat, Tobin.
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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

Julie Halpern

New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award Master List, American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Re, South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Masterlist, Illinois Read for a Lifetime Award Master List


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