The Next Great Paulie Fink

By Ali Benjamin
Read by Cassandra Morris , Zach Villa , Cameron Bowen , and Adam McArthur


Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • $90.99
    Available on 04/16/2019

    ISBN: 9781549179334

Runtime: 7.20 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English



A Publishers Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

In this highly anticipated second 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 classroom prankster like Paulie Fink.

When Caitlyn Breen enters the tiny Mitchell School in rural Mitchell, Vermont, she is a complete outsider: the seventh grade has just ten other kids, and they've known each other since kindergarten. Her classmates are in for a shock of their own: Paulie Fink--the class clown, oddball, troublemaker, and evil genius--is gone this year.

As stories of Paulie's hijinks unfold, his legend builds, until they realize there's only one way to fill the Paulie-sized hole in their class. They'll find their next great Paulie Fink through a reality-show style competition, to be judged by the only objective person around: Caitlyn, who never even met Paulie Fink. Who was this kid, anyway--prankster, performance artist, philosopher, or fool? Caitlyn's quest to understand Paulie is about to teach her more about herself than she ever imagined.

Told via multiple voices, interviews, and other documents, The Next Great Paulie Fink is a lighthearted yet surprisingly touching exploration of how we build up and tear down our own myths...about others, our communities, and ourselves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A story with massive heart…A book to make readers think, question, reach, laugh, and strive harder.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Genuinely original, the novel offers thoughtful perspectives on friendship, accepting change, and the many rewarding guises of storytelling.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A witty, tender, and utterly engaging modern school story that draws on the wisdom of the ages.” School Library Journal, starred review
“Takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery.” School Library Connection



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Author Bio: Ali Benjamin

Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Thing about Jellyfish and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl’s coming-of-age memoir Positive, as well as Tim Howard’s national bestseller The Keeper.

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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.20
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English