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Macmillan Children's Book

The Prettiest

Author: Brigit Young

The Prettiest

The Prettiest

$16.99

About This Book

The Prettiest is an incisive, empowering novel by Brigit Young about young women fighting back against sexism and objectification.
Page Count
320
On Sale
04/14/2020

Book Details

The Prettiest is an incisive, empowering novel by Brigit Young about standing up for yourself and those around you.

“All middle school girls AND boys (especially boys!) should read this book.” —Alan Gratz, New York Times–bestselling author of Refugee

THE PRETTIEST: It’s the last thing Eve Hoffmann expected to be, the only thing Sophie Kane wants to be, and something Nessa Flores-Brady knows she’ll never be . . . until a list appears online, ranking the top fifty prettiest girls in the eighth grade.

Eve, ranked number one, can't ignore how everyone is suddenly talking about her looks—and her body.
Sophie, always popular and put together, feels lower than ever when she's bullied for being number two.
Nessa isn't on the list at all, but she doesn't care. Or does she?

Eve, Nessa, and Sophie are determined to get justice—or at least revenge. But as these unlikely vigilantes become fiercely loyal friends, they discover that the real triumph isn't the takedown. It's the power that comes from lifting one another up.


A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020

Imprint Publisher

Roaring Brook Press

ISBN

9781626729230

In The News

“A compelling and topical narrative that leaves its characters—and readers—stronger and wiser.” —Booklist, starred review

“A novel that addresses issues of bullying, sexism, objectification, and harassment while equally centering empowerment, the bonds of friendship, and self-acceptance. Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A sensitive story about sexual harassment and bullying, with a feel-good ending.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Written using language that middle schoolers will find relatable, Young conveys a timely message about bullying and sexism, digging beneath the surface to show her protagonists’ intelligence, distinct talents, and misguided preconceptions.” —Publisher's Weekly

“While the revenge plot and the mystery of who’s responsible keep pages turning, the novel considers . . . the role and the value of physical appearance from a number of angles, helped by the diverse characters’ varying attitudes and levels of naivete. A conversation starter.” —Horn Book

“I am so glad The Prettiest will be in the world for both my daughter and my son . . .This book is a hug and a high-five.” —Kate Milford, New York Times–bestselling author of Greenglass House

“A terrific middle grade story about sexism and objectification. All middle school girls AND boys (especially boys!) should read this book.” —Alan Gratz, New York Times–bestselling author of Refugee

“This is an important book that isn't afraid of tackling tough problems. I absolutely loved it!” —Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie

“A remarkable, important gem of a novel, this story should be required reading for middle schoolers of any gender.” —Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

The Prettiest is heartbreaking, inspiring, and funny at the same time—like middle school itself. Add this one to your reading list!” —Lynne Kelly, author of Chained and Song For a Whale

“I cheered for these three 8th grade girls as they learned that nobody is just one thing. Standing up for yourself and others can be hard, but with friends at your side, it can be done. An empowering read!” —Debbie Michiko Florence, author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter

“An honest, engaging and heartfelt look at how the communities we choose to build can—and do—shape us.” —Lindsay Lackey, author of All the Impossible Things

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The Prettiest

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