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The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin', now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, and a soundtrack by Dolly Parton!Millie Michalchuk...
The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin', now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, and a soundtrack by Dolly Parton!Millie Michalchuk...
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  • The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin', now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, and a soundtrack by Dolly Parton!

    Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she's crushing on.

    Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she's more frenemy than friend.

    When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

    A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power, this is another winner from Julie Murphy.

About the Author-

  • Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she's not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the author of the young adult novels Dumplin' (now a film on Netflix), Puddin', Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. You can visit Julie at www.juliemurphywrites.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 19, 2018
    Clover City High School in Texas has a clear social hierarchy: football on top, dance team members next, then everyone else. Junior Millie Michalchuk, who also appeared in Murphy’s Dumplin’, may be a lifer at fat camp, but that doesn’t mean she buys into how the world sees her. Callie Reyes dates a football player and is on course to become dance team captain. The girls’ paths rarely cross. Then the dance team loses its funder, a gym owned by Millie’s uncle, and its members break in and trash the business. When a sulky Callie starts working at the gym, Millie models not just friendship and forgiveness, but also tough-love examples of how to treat people. Through the girls’ alternating perspectives, Murphy develops their aspirations and struggles: Millie isn’t sure how to pursue her dream of being a TV anchor; Mexican-American Callie experiences stereotyping and yearns for friends, not frenemies. Murphy convincingly and satisfyingly portrays how their one-step-forward-two-steps-back bonding process helps them go for what they want rather than what others think is possible. Ages 13–up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2018

    Gr 9 Up-On the heels of her success in the Miss Clover City pageant, Millie Michalchuk is determined to pursue her dream of broadcast journalism and not let her weight define her life. Callie Reyes is the pretty and popular queen bee who is better at having useful frenemies than actual friends. When Callie's revenge prank spirals out of control, it destroys the image that she's cultivated for herself and leaves her working side by side with Millie. As the girls get to know each other beyond superficial impressions, their very different strengths push both girls toward what will make them truly happy. Full of humor and heart, fans of Dumplin' will not be disappointed by this book that builds nicely on the themes of self-confidence and self-acceptance without falling into lecture. This is a highly character-driven book and the authentically complex characters are up to the task. Not only is Murphy capable of taking both the popular and unpopular girl beyond tropes, but Millie is a starkly different character than Dumplin's Willowdean. Though very different, they believably find common ground fighting the superficial boxes teenagers often find themselves in and examining the defenses they've built to survive them. VERDICT This companion to the very popular Dumplin' introduces more memorable characters for whom readers can't help but cheer. A first purchase.-Elizabeth Saxton, Tiffin, OH

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    March 15, 2018
    Vandalism throws a teen of unflagging cheer into regular contact with her polar opposite in this novel told in alternating first-person chapters.Millie's decided to end her nine-year stint at weight-loss summer camp: She's fine being fat, which weight-loss camp hasn't changed anyway. Instead, she's applying--behind her parents' backs--to a broadcast journalism program. Meanwhile, she's bouncily organizing sleepovers with her friends and flirting with Malik, an attractive South Asian boy at school. But when Millie's aunt and uncle's gym is vandalized by the dance team after being forced by poor profits to withdraw its sponsorship, the only team member to get caught--and required to work alongside Millie at the gym--is Callie Reyes, whose prickly affect stands in contrast to Millie's sunny optimism. Callie is grappling with being biracial while living with her racially unaware white mother, stepfather, and half sister. Speaking little Spanish, she sometimes feels out of place with other Mexican-Americans yet frequently experiences casual racism from strangers and her exploitative boyfriend. And the supposed everlasting sisterhood of her fellow dance team members falls at the first hurdle. Millie's oblivious arrogance toward a friend who comes out as asexual and toward Callie over racial identity is handled far too perfunctorily, but Murphy's plot brims with unlikely friendships, irresistible romance, fabulous fat acceptance, and a kick-ass ending.Buoying. (Fiction. 13-16)

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  • School Library Journal "This companion to the very popular Dumplin' introduces more memorable characters for whom readers can't help but cheer."
  • Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda "Julie Murphy has created the platonic love story of a lifetime. I am wildly in love with Puddin'."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Murphy's plot brims with unlikely friendships, irresistible romance, fabulous fat acceptance, and a kick-ass ending. Buoying."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "Texans and non-Texans alike will appreciate getting to know two strong-minded Lone Star girls."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "A wonderful story of young romance, body acceptance, and unlikely friendships."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for RAMONA BLUE: "An exquisite, thoughtful exploration of the ties that bind and the fluidity of relationships, sexuality, and life."
  • Booklist (starred review) Praise for RAMONA BLUE: "Julie Murphy knows a thing or two about navigating the worlds of girls on the brink of self-discovery."
  • School Library Journal Praise for RAMONA BLUE: "A must-have work that will resonate with teens"
  • Adam Silvera, New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not Praise for RAMONA BLUE: "Julie Murphy delivers a fresh and glorious love story that addresses all the complexities of one's heart. Ramona Blue's discovery of limitless love is total beauty."
  • Robin Talley, New York Times bestselling author of Lies We Tell Ourselves Praise for RAMONA BLUE: "Ramona Blue is Julie Murphy's best book yet. It's hilarious, it's heartfelt, and it's so, so real. I just wish I'd had this book to read during my own teen years!"
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for RAMONA BLUE: "Murphy creates a place that feels deeply real...a great setting for a coming-of-age story, as Ramona realizes that she's capable of more than she imagined and that some categories are more fluid than she'd thought."
  • The Horn Book Praise for RAMONA BLUE: "Satisfying"
  • Booklist (starred review) Praise for DUMPLIN': "Will's singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem...Splendid"
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for DUMPLIN': "Murphy...successfully makes every piece of the story—Dolly Parton superfans, first love, best-friend problems, an unlikely group of pageant entrants, female solidarity, self-acceptance, and Willowdean's complicated relationship with the mother...-count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole."
  • Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days Praise for DUMPLIN': "I'm obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. DUMPLIN' is such a star."
  • John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back Praise for DUMPLIN': "Dumplin' should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy's star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Praise for DUMPLIN': "[A] richly enjoyable novel...a clever and funny book to please lovers of thoughtful romance and secret pageant fans."
  • The Horn Book Praise for DUMPLIN': "Genuine, romantic, and with a dash of Texan charm, this is a novel that celebrates being who you are while also acknowledging that it's incredibly difficult to do."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Praise for DUMPLIN': "Portrays and challenges sterotypes about beauty pageants, size issues, and women's concerns...Powerful."
  • School Library Journal Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Honest and unflinching, this is a compelling story of one teen's struggle with cancer, love, and living. A worthwhile addition."
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Readers will turn the last page wanting to know where the next chapter leads."
  • John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Where Things Come Back Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Julie Murphy weaves together a tender and funny tale of love, friendship, heartache, and redemption. Side Effects May Vary explodes with brutal honesty, brilliant wit, and unflinching heart."
  • Siobhan Vivian, author of The List Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary is a funny, heartfelt, honest look at the beauty and the risk of getting a second chance. An inspiring novel about all the things worth living for. I adored this debut!"
  • Jennifer Echols, author of Going Too Far Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "A funny and touching novel about a...

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