The next great Paulie Fink by Benjamin, Ali (#1280LZ6)


The next great Paulie Fink

by Benjamin, Ali
Paperback Little, Brown and Company, 2020


From the Publisher
In this acclaimed novel by the author of the award-winning, bestselling The Thing About Jellyfish, being the new kid at school isn't easy, especially when you have to follow in the footsteps of a legendary classroom prankster.

When Caitlyn Breen begins her disorienting new life at Mitchell School--where the students take care of real live goats and study long-dead philosophers, and where there are only ten other students in the entire seventh grade--it seems like nobody can stop talking about some kid named Paulie Fink.

Depending on whom you ask, Paulie was either a hilarious class clown, a relentless troublemaker, a hapless klutz, or an evil genius. One thing's for sure, though: The kid was totally legendary. Now he's disappeared, and Caitlyn finds herself leading a reality-show-style competition to find the school's next great Paulie Fink. With each challenge, Caitlyn struggles to understand a person she never met...but it's what she discovers about herself that most surprises her.

Told in multiple voices, interviews, and documents, this funny, thought-provoking novel from the bestselling author of The Thing About Jellyfish is a memorable exploration of what makes a hero--and if anyone, or anything, is truly what it seems.

Reviews & Awards
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 04/01/19
  • Horn Book Magazine, 05/01/19
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 01/15/19
  • New York Times, 06/16/19
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 02/04/19
  • School Library Connection, 03/01/19
  • School Library Journal starred, 02/01/19
Product Details
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2020
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: First trade paperback edition.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 360 pages ; 20 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-316-38087-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-316-38087-4
  • Follett Number: 1280LZ6
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 4.9
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.9
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 9
  • AR Quiz: 500764EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 14
  • Lexile: 710L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: X