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Flipped

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Random House Children's Books | May 13, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: "My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss." He says: "It's been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort." But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he's thinking there's more to her than meets the eye, she's thinking that he's not quite all he seemed.

This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 13, 2003

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375825444

ISBN - 13: 9780375825446

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Flipped

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 13, 2003

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375825444

ISBN - 13: 9780375825446

About the Book

This acclaimed "School Library Journal" Best Book--now in trade paperback-- is a classic romantic comedy of errors, told in alternating chapters from two funny, quirky points of view from two teens who are each in transition.

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Diving Under All I''ve ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone For her to back off-you know, just give me some space. It all started the summer before second grade when our moving van pulled into her neighborhood. And since we''re now about done with the eighth grade, that, my friend, makes more than half a decade of strategic avoidance and social discomfort. She didn''t just barge into my life. She barged and shoved and wedged her way into my life. Did we invite her to get into our moving van and start climbing all over boxes? No! But that''s exactly what she did, taking over and showing off like only Juli Baker can. My dad tried to stop her. "Hey!" he says as she''s catapulting herself on board. "What are you doing? You''re getting mud everywhere!" So true, too. Her shoes were, like, caked with the stuff. She didn''t hop out, though. Instead, she planted her rear end on the floor and started pushing a big box with her feet. "Don''t you want some help?" She glanced my Way. "It sure looks like you need it." I didn''t like the implication. And even though my dad had been tossing me the same sort of look all week, I could tell-he didn''t like this girl either. "Hey! Don''t do that," he warned her. "There are some really valuable things in that box." "Oh. Well, how about this one?" She scoots over to a box labeled LENox and looks my way again. "We should push it together!" "No, no, no!&q
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The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: "My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss." He says: "It's been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort." But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he's thinking there's more to her than meets the eye, she's thinking that he's not quite all he seemed.

This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices. Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying the humor are two teens in transition. They are each learning to look beyond the surface of people, both figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to be with.


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Jacket

"Van Draanen has another winner in this eighth-grade 'he-said, she-said' romance."
-School Library Journal, Starred

"We flipped over this fantastic book."
-The Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen's life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memories of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories.

Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children.

Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen's greatest reward for writing. "One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn't get any better than that," she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny-that individuality is a strength, and that where there's a will, there's most certainly a way.

Wendelin Van Draanen is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children's Mystery Book for Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief and lives with her husband and two sons in California.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"Van Draanen has another winner in this eighth-grade 'he-said, she-said' romance."
-School Library Journal, Starred

"We flipped over this fantastic book."
-The Chicago Tribune

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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