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The Perfect Star
By (author): Rob Buyea
9781524764630 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General Oct 15, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Forthcoming 5.94 x 8.56 x 1.27 in 384 pages Random House Children's Books Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Return to Lake View Middle School in the third book of the PERFECT SCORE series from the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt.

Eighth grade promises to be an unforgettable year of tears, laughter, surprises, and star power.

GAVIN’s days of football glory have arrived, but an accident on the home front upends his family. Ever enterprising, NATALIE anchors a morning news broadcast at school—where she’s unafraid to tackle big issues. Being on the outs with his best friend sucks, but the more TREVOR tries to patch things up, the worse things get. Sidelined with a gymnastics injury, RANDI develops a bad attitude and worries that her mom’s new boyfriend means changes she won’t like. SCOTT discovers hidden talents…and becomes a secret weapon on and off the football field.

It’s the final year of middle school—a time to play hard, smart, and together!

Series Overview: THE PERFECT SCORE series features five kids, their families, teachers, and an assortment of friends as they navigate the ups and downs of middle school.

KID-FRIENDLY/TRUE TO LIFE: Buyea excels at creating distinct characters whose dreams, fears, struggles, and hopes resonate with today’s middle-grade readers.

COMPANION NOVEL: Readers who loved The Perfect Score and The Perfect Secret will be excited to get their hands on The Perfect Star and see how things turn out for the group of kids, teachers, and extended family they’ve come to know and root for.

ACTIVE & AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: With numerous state awards for his middle-grade novels, Rob Buyea is in demand for visits and events, where his genuine love for connecting with readers shines through.

SCHOOL & LIBRARY/EDUCATOR APPEAL: This author’s middle-grade books—the PERFECT SCORE series and the MR. TERUPT series—have been lauded by reviewers and embraced by schools and libraries for their authentic depiction of childhood experiences at school with friends and at home with family.

RELUCTANT READERS: Sure to appeal to boys and girls looking for accessible stories.

ROB BUYEA taught third and fourth graders for six years; then he taught high school biology and coached wrestling for seven years. Currently, he is a full-time writer and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughters. He is the author of The Perfect Secret, the sequel to The Perfect Score. His first novel, Because of Mr. Terupt, was selected as an E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book and a Cybils Honor Book. It has also won seven state awards and was named to numerous state reading lists. Mr. Terupt Falls Again and Saving Mr. Terupt are companion novels to Because of Mr. Terupt. Visit him online at and on Facebook, and follow @RobBuyea on Twitter.

Author Residence: Andover, MA

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Author Social Media: @RobBuyea on Twitter

Praise for the PERFECT SCORE series:

“Told through five students’ perspectives, this novel is a heartfelt look at social interactions in middle school, a pointed commentary on standardized testing, and an entertaining read.”—Booklist Online

“The students’ stories are compelling, and Buyea confidently mixes humor and heart…”—Publishers Weekly

“The characters shine, the plots are engaging, and the issues are addressed in interesting ways that will provide readers with many perspectives and much to consider.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who love happy books … will find lots to enjoy here.” —Booklist

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