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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
from Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan

Winner of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award!

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults!

A Cybils Award Finalist!

Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review!
"The relationships and dialogue ring true; readers navigating the stratified social structures of high school will relish an ending that celebrates true friendship."

Kirkus Reviews calls it: "[an] often hilarious, quirky work of contemporary realism... Her narrative voice is unusually honest, and the at times bawdy dialogue is realistic and bitingly funny."

School Library Journal
"Halpern’s descriptions of high-school cliques, particularly the punk posers and the D&D fanatics, are hilarious and believable... This novel is particularly strong in showing how teen friendships evolve and sometimes die away, and how adolescents redefine themselves."

Booklist says: "Reinvention is rarely so delightfully nerdy."

Horn Book says: "Fans of everything geek will adore Jessie’s induction into the world of nerds.  Jessie’s narration is the real draw and is as witty and true-to-herself as she."

From the book flap:

It's Jessie's sophomore year of high school. A self-professed "mathlete," 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 off 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?

Take the Nerd Yonder poll!
(check all that apply)

When you hear "Dungeons and Dragons," you think...
Those were the days.
I don't. Nerd.
Sounds kind of fun, but I've never played.
Is that some kind of game where everyone wears tights and carries plastic swords?
I play occasionally.
I play, but I'd never admit it to anyone.
I played D&D before it was cool.
Roll for initiative.

Copyright 2015 Julie Halpern