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With frizzy orange hair, a plus-sized body, sarcastic demeanor, and "unique learning profile," Danielle Levine doesn't fit in even at her alternative high school. While navigating her doomed social life, she writes scathing, self-aware, and sometimes downright raunchy essays for English class. As a result of her unfiltered writing style, she is forced to see the school psychologist and enroll in a "social skills" class. But when she meets Daniel, another social misfit who is obsessed with the cult classic film The Big Lebowski, Danielle's resolve to keep everyone at arm's length starts to crumble.

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"Senior year is starting, but Danielle Levine isn't looking forward to it. Even though everyone at her school has a learning disability, it's still divided into cool kids and outcasts, and Danielle — with her flaming red hair, nonwaiflike physique, OCD, and penchant for hats — is in the second camp. Things get worse when she's forced to see the school psychologist and attend a social skills class. Vaughn structures her debut as a combination of Danielle's diary entries, e-mails, and the essays (usually autobiographical) she writes for English class. These give readers a rich stream of information about Danielle's attempt to face both the horrors of high school and the actual horror she's endured. Information about the latter comes out slowly, which works, since Danielle has organized her life around keeping it hidden. Vaughn skillfully shows how making an actual friend and being introduced to the model of The Big Lebowski's Dude (and his ability to 'abide') contribute to Danielle's upturn. Her problems don't go away, but her perspective on them and ability to cope shifts and improves. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Amy Burkhardt, Kimberley Cameron & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Lauren Roedy Vaughn is an award-winning educator who has spent twenty years teaching English to high school students with language-based learning disabilities. Lauren lives with her husband in Los Angeles, where she is an avid yogini and Big Lebowski nut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803738430
Author:
Vaughn, Lauren Roedy
Publisher:
Dial Books
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Senior year is starting, but Danielle Levine isn't looking forward to it. Even though everyone at her school has a learning disability, it's still divided into cool kids and outcasts, and Danielle — with her flaming red hair, nonwaiflike physique, OCD, and penchant for hats — is in the second camp. Things get worse when she's forced to see the school psychologist and attend a social skills class. Vaughn structures her debut as a combination of Danielle's diary entries, e-mails, and the essays (usually autobiographical) she writes for English class. These give readers a rich stream of information about Danielle's attempt to face both the horrors of high school and the actual horror she's endured. Information about the latter comes out slowly, which works, since Danielle has organized her life around keeping it hidden. Vaughn skillfully shows how making an actual friend and being introduced to the model of The Big Lebowski's Dude (and his ability to 'abide') contribute to Danielle's upturn. Her problems don't go away, but her perspective on them and ability to cope shifts and improves. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Amy Burkhardt, Kimberley Cameron & Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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