INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Benjamin, Ali

The Next Great Paulie Fink

(2) 4-6 An offbeat rural school's seventh graders are obsessed with what happened to charismatic class clown Paulie, who hasn't returned for the new year. Reluctant new-kid Caitlyn judges a reality show–like competition to crown Paulie's successor. Sections narrated by Caitlyn are interspersed with interviews, emails, and text messages, which makes for a breezy read. Frequently laugh-out-loud funny, the novel captures the quirks and traditions of a small community.

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