The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

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Author(s): Ben Philippe
Awards:2020-Winner-William C. Morris Award
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD42185
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982607814
Narrator/s: James Fouhey
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William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner!

A hilarious YA contemporary realistic novel about a witty Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the joys, clichés, and awkward humiliations of the American high school experienceâ??including falling in love. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi, and John Green.

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A Black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things donâ??t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas.

Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until itâ??s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.

Yet against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norrisâ?¦like loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making.

But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his lifeâ??along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

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eAudio
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Author(s): Ben Philippe
Narrator(s): James Fouhey
Product Number Z100139181
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: #9780062885203
eBook
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Author(s): Ben Philippe
Product Number EB00723371
Released: Jan 08, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: #9780062824134

Professional reviews

"James Fouhey delivers an entertaining narration of Philippe's debut novel about Norris Kaplan, a black French-Canadian teenager who is reluctantly relocated to Austin, Texas, because of his parents' divorce and his mom's new job. Fouhey injects Norris's voice with the usual teenage snark, amplified by his judgmental "lasting first impressions" of the teens and culture of the American high school, gleaned from watching Hollywood sitcoms. Other characters are also given unique deliveries. Fouhey injects just a hint of superiority in the voice of Aarti Puri, the mysterious girl Norris wants to know better. Another friend, Maddie, sounds consistently friendly and upbeat as she sees the real person behind Norris's defensive facade. Fouey is especially effective in portraying Liam, the hockey wannabe, with a slow, deliberate delivery. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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