Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Deep in the Heart of High School

Deep in the Heart of High School

Veronica Goldbach

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)




Vanna Reynolds was popular and happy back in Plano, Texas, but now she lives with her mother in a tiny apartment in San Antonio. How can she start her freshman year as a complete nobody? Fatima Garcia does well in school and helps out with her family's construction business, but is worried about her weight. So she's thrilled when a junior starts paying attention to her – but is he really interested in Fatima? Olivia Silverstein tries to make life easier for her mother. Ever since her father died two years ago, she's been the perfect daughter. When will she get to have her own life? When Vanna, Fatima, and Olivia meet at band practice in August, they quickly become best friends. Together, they are ready to tackle the matters of the heart that await them, deep in the heart of high school.

Written with verve and touches of humor, the voices in this first novel ring with authenticity.


Fatima Garcia had been in school band since sixth grade, and she had only recently figured something out. Something no one tells you when you sign up and pick your instrument. After just about two months as a member of the Alexander...


Praise for Deep in the Heart of High School

“Goldbach has a deft touch . . . never drifting into melodrama and creating a very realistic story of friendship. Each girl comes across as a well-developed individual.” —School Library Journal

“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets marching band, with largely winning results.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Veronica Goldbach

VERONICA GOLDBACH has taught English as a second language at inner-city middle and elementary schools in Los Angeles, California, and in San Antonio, Texas, where she now lives. Deep in the Heart of High School is her debut.

Veronica Goldbach

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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