In Girl on the Ferris Wheel, Julie Halpern and Len Vlahos expertly tackle this quirky and poignant romance that explores what first love really means—and how it sometimes hurts like hell.
Tenth graders Eliana and Dmitri could not be more different. He's an outgoing, self-confident drummer in a punk band called Unexpected Turbulence. Eliana is introspective and thoughtful, and a movie buff who is living with depression.
Dmitri quite literally falls for Eliana when he sees her in gym class and slams into a classmate. The pair then navigate the ins and outs of first love. Exciting, scary, unexpected, and so much more difficult than they ever imagined. They say opposites attract, but they soon realize that there is so much they just don’t understand about each other. It begs the question: How long can first love possibly last when you’re so different?
I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fact that my guidance counselor’s name is Mr. Person. Is that his real name? Would someone who chose the field of guidance counseling give himself an alias? What if he had...
Praise for Girl on the Ferris Wheel
"A story of how friendship and love can grow together; recommended for YA collections."—School Library Journal
"As a whole, it crafts an emotionally genuine portrait of both Eliana’s spiraling distress and Dmitri’s struggle to understand that it isn’t his job to save the damsel. With its mix of the heartwarming and heartbreaking, this will be a strong what’s-next for fans of Green’s Turtles All the Way Down (BCCB 1/18) and Dugan’s Verona Comics (BCCB 4/20).—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books