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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Cormorant LINK Site Y RUB (Text) 33500013171772 New Available -
Fertile Public Library Y RUB (Text) 33500013171764 New Available -
Red Lake Falls Public Library ya RUB (Text) 35500006260903 New Checked out 05/02/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525644675
  • ISBN: 0525644679
  • ISBN: 0525644687
  • ISBN: 9780525644682
  • Physical Description: 325 pages : 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.

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Summary, etc.:
Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he's even . . . flirting? Just when Winnie's ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he's been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad's still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie's prepared to be his straight man if that's what he wants. But is it what he needs? Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie's struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2
    Winnie is funny, but she's also in high school, where not everyone appreciates true comic genius. Having grown up learning comedy from her dad, Winnie knows she's funny, and that's enough—until classmate Evan actually laughs at her jokes and suggests she join the school improv troupe, that is. However, when her attempt at sharing with her parents that she's considering joining a performance group is interrupted by the news that her father might have ALS, Winnie's world starts to crumble. Firmly set in 2019, Rubin's latest (Denton Little duology) is a review of comedy culture sprinkled throughout a hilarious and heart-wrenching tale. With a refreshingly diverse cast of characters, Rubin weaves together high-school drama, improv failures, bad dates, and friendship fights with a family fighting to stay together when its foundation is suddenly shaken. This book is for anyone who's ever attended high school, had a crush, gotten news they weren't prepared to deal with, or learned that someone close to them isn't quite who they thought they were—in short, for everyone. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

LANCE RUBIN is the author of Denton Little's Deathdate and Denton Little's Still Not Dead. He's worked as an actor, written and performed sketch comedy (like The Lance and Ray Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre), and done a lot of improv. He's also the co-writer, along with Joe Iconis and Jason SweetTooth Williams, of the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter. Lance lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. You can follow him online at and on Twitter at @LanceRubinParty.

Subject: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis > Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Juvenile fiction.
Chronically ill > Family relationships > Juvenile fiction.
High school students > Juvenile fiction.
Comedians > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Coming of age > Fiction.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Chronically ill > Family relationships.
Fathers and daughters.
High school students.
Young adult fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Juvenile works.
Young adult works.

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