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Mandy Davis Superstar 375

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub Date: June 20th, 2017
Middle Grade Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-06-237777-7
Page count: 336pp 
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About the Book

Perfect for fans of Fish in a Tree and Wonder, this uplifting debut novel from Mandy Davis follows space-obsessed Lester Musselbaum as he experiences the challenges of his first days of public school: making friends, facing bullies, finding his "thing," and accidentally learning of his autism-spectrum diagnosis.

Lester’s first days as a fifth grader at Quarry Elementary School are not even a little bit like he thought they would be—the cafeteria is too loud for Lester's ears, there are too many kids, and then there's the bully.

Lester was always home-schooled, and now he’s shocked to be stuck in a school where everything just seems wrong. That's until he hears about the science fair, which goes really well for Lester! This is it. The moment where I find out for 100 percent sure that I won.

But then things go a bit sideways, and Lester has to find his way back. A touching peek into the life of a sensitive autism-spectrum boy facing the typical days of elementary school, Superstar testifies that what you can do isn’t nearly as important as who you are.

“Lester’s first-person narrative is honest and pure. An intelligent and gently humorous story about an underdog who explores his place in a world that doesn’t readily accommodate kids who possess different ways of being or thinking.”

... Just Some of the Praise

“Lester’s first-person narrative is honest and pure. An intelligent and gently humorous story about an underdog who explores his place in a world that doesn’t readily accommodate kids who possess different ways of being or thinking.” Kirkus (starred review)

This unsentimental portrait of an endearing and memorable protagonist offers powerful insight into living with autism.  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A lovely, heartfelt narrative about the things we’ve lost, and the things we’ve found again.” —Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner for The Wednesday Wars

“I LOVE LESTER.” —Linda Urban, author of Milo Speck, Accidental Agent and A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Publication Launch Party

June 24, 2017 – SUPERSTAR Book Launch Open House
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Addendum Books in St. Paul, MN, with readings at 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30.
Come meet Mandy, hear her read, and maybe even purchase your own copy of Superstar (which Mandy will sign), all while supporting the cutest little Indie bookstore in the Twin Cities!