This Tiny Perfect World

By: Lauren Gibaldi

Penny wins a scholarship to a prestigious theater camp and thinks it’s the start of a perfect summer. But at camp, she is thrust into a world of competition and self-doubt.

ISBN: 9780062490070

JLG Release: May 2018


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Mild sexual themes
Topics: Theater , Best friends , Friendship , Dating , Fathers and daughters , Single-parent families

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Penny Nelson lives a predictable life in a small Florida town. A low-key 17-year-old whose social life consists of time spent with her best friend, Faye, and boyfriend, Logan, she is content with the routine of helping out her widowed dad at their family-owned diner. When she secures a scholarship to a prestigious summer theater camp, Penny worries Penny Nelson lives a predictable life in a small Florida town. A low-key 17-year-old whose social life consists of time spent with her best friend, Faye, and boyfriend, Logan, she is content with the routine of helping out her widowed dad at their family-owned diner. When she secures a scholarship to a prestigious summer theater camp, Penny worries about the unfamiliar months ahead. Once she thrusts herself into the new program, however, she begins to look beyond the boundaries of her sheltered life. While working on her acting skills and mixing with other teens who share her passion, Penny starts to question her future plans to attend a local college, settle down with Logan, and run the family restaurant. Faced with her conflicting feelings, she is forced to contemplate how much she is willing to sacrifice for others. Though Gibaldi does not take risks with breaking out of the young adult formula, her straightforward, honest writing makes the story an engaging and enjoyable one. Theater is a main theme of Penny’s life, but the novel’s plot highlights the fact that it is possible for a teen to use any individual interest to carve out a niche within the intimidating world of high school cliques. The characters are well developed and provide believable interactions that touch on various social issues facing high school students. VERDICT An easy read and a good choice for large YA collections.—Karin Greenberg, Manhasset High School, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780062490070

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.7; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level HL520L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperTeen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Mild sexual themes

Topics

Theater, Best friends, Friendship, Dating, Fathers and daughters, Single-parent families,

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