The last year of elementary school is big for every kid. In this novel, equal parts funny and crushing, utterly honest and perfect for boys and girls alike, Christine Gouda faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname-Tink-which just doesn't fit anymore. Readers will relate to this strong female protagonist whose voice rings with profound authenticity and absolute novelty, and her year's cringingly painful trials in normalcy-uncomfortable Halloween costumes, premature sleepover parties, crushed crushes, and changing friendships. Throughout all this, Tink learns, what you call yourself, and how you do it, has a lot to do with who you are. This book marks beloved author Karen Romano Young's masterful return to children's literature: a heartbreakingly honest account of what it means to be between girl and woman, elementary and middle school, inside and out-and just what you name that in-between self.
Karen Romano Young is a writer, illustrator and science journalist. She has written close to two dozen books for children, and has illustrated several, including the groundbreaking graphic novel Doodlebug and its sequel Stuck in the Middle (Of Middle School). Karen's acclaimed science books include Small Worlds, Across the Wide Ocean and Bug Science. She is the creator of a science comic called Humanimal Doodles, and a veteran of three ocean science research voyages, including dives to the bottom of the ocean. Karen's novels include Cobwebs and The Beetle and Me: A Love Story, which earned her a Flying Start in Publishers Weekly and numerous honours. Karen lives in the Connecticut woods with her husband and two large fluffy dogs. To see more of Karen's work, please visit her web site, www.karenromanoyoung.com.