The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Ben Philippe. Balzer + Bray, $18.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-282411-0
In Philippe’s funny debut, 16-year-old black French-Canadian Norris Kaplan must navigate life and love in Austin, Tex., after he and his mother move there for her new teaching job. At Anderson High, he plans to keep his head down and draw as little attention as possible. To amuse himself, he uses the journal that the admissions officer gives him to create a snarky “Field Guide” to his fellow students. Norris usually has something sarcastic to say, so he doesn’t go unnoticed for long, attracting the attention of a jock, Patrick; a cheerleader, Madison; and loner Liam, who are each more than they seem. He’s instantly smitten when he meets Aarti, and when Madison offers her help in setting the two up, she and Norris strike up a reluctant friendship. Things are good, with Norris even heading up a fledgling hockey team, but a debacle at a prom after-party—involving Aarti, her ex, and Norris’s big mouth—threatens his new friendships. Philippe has a gift for dialogue and touches on a few instances of racism with sensitivity and humor in this crowd-pleaser. Ages 13–up. Agents: Leslie York, Fredrica S. Friedman & Co., and Alloy Entertainment. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/12/2018
Release date: 01/01/2019
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-06-282413-4
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-288520-3
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