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"Who do you want to be?" asks Mr. Van Deusen. "And not when you grow up. Right here, right now."

"Shine on!" might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper's hero — astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse — but Piper knows the truth: some people are born to shine, and she's just not one of them. That fact has never been clearer than now, since her dad's new job has landed them both at Chumley Prep, a posh private school where everyone seems to be the best at something and where Piper definitely doesn't fit in.

Bursting with humor, heart, science, possibilities, and big questions, Shine! is a story about finding your place in the universe — a story about figuring out who you are and who you want to be.

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"When an all-school award with deliberately vague criteria ('excel') is announced, Piper is sure she has no shot.... Whatever the contest’s outcome, the girl’s realization that she has been shining all along is the true victory. This encouraging story of self-discovery celebrates friendship, kindness, and self-actualization, and readers will relate to the realistic middle school dynamic and well-developed characters." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author J.J. Grabenstein, Chris Grabenstein
ISBN 1524717665
Publication Date Nov 5, 2019
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
Language English