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BEST. NIGHT. EVER.: A Story Told from Seven Points of View
by Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall,
and Dee Romito
Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
Release date: August 15, 2017
About the book . . .
Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this hilarious novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance.
Lynnfield Middle School is prepped and ready for a dance to remember, including an awesome performance from Heart Grenade, the all-girl band who recently won a Battle of the Bands contest. Seven classmates—Carmen, Genevieve, Tess, Ryan, Ellie, Ashlyn, and Jade—intend to make the most of the night…or at least the five of them who are able to attend do. The other two would sacrifice almost anything to be there.
One thing’s for sure—this entire crew is in for one epic night! Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall, and Dee Romito have created a charming, hilarious, and relatable novel that’s perfect for anyone who can’t wait to dance the night away.And with each girl hiding a big secret that could threaten their entire friendship, will the list–and their BFF status–go bust?
Reviews . . .
This eventful middle school dance is told from seven points of view by seven different writers. Under Malone’s editorship, they pull it off with seamless chemistry and strong character building. A fun, fresh take on a classic theme. – Kirkus
Readers will laugh as they learn of the misgivings, revenge, and eye-opening revelations that ensue. VERDICT Tweens interested in funny friendship drama will eat this one up. – School Library Journal
About the authors . . .
Rachele Alpine is the author of the middle grade novels Operation Pucker Up and You Throw Like a Girl and the young adult novels A Void the Size of the World and Canary. By day she’s a high school English teacher, by night she’s a wife and mom, and she finds any time in between to write. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog and a big bag of gummy peaches. She loves hearing from readers, and you can find her at www.rachelealpine.com.
Ronni Arno is the author of the middle grade novels Ruby Reinvented, Dear Poppy, and Molly in the Middle. She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband, two daughters, and her dogs, Hazel and Mabel. When she’s not writing, Ronni stalks her kids for story ideas, kayaks, and eats chocolate… but not usually at the same time. You can visit Ronni at www.ronniarno.com.
Alison Cherry is the author of the middle grade novels Willows vs. Wolverines and The Classy Crooks Club and the young adult novels Red, For Real, and Look Both Ways. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera productions. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two cats. Visit her online at alisoncherrybooks.com.
Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing. Her middle grade novels include 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, and she’s also the author of the Piper Morgan chapter book series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, Stephanie works as a freelance writer for a wide variety of websites and magazines. She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit her online at stephaniefaris.com.
Jen Malone once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. Jen’s middle grade novels include The Sleepover, At Your Service and The Art of the Swap, as well as the You’re Invited series, co-written with Gail Nall. She has also written the young adult novels Map to the Stars, Wanderlost, and Changes in Latitude. You can learn more about Jen and her books at www.jenmalonewrites.com.
Gail Nall lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her family and more cats than necessary. She once drove a Zamboni, has camped in the snow in June, and almost got trampled in Paris. Gail is the author of the middle grade novels Out of Tune and Breaking the Ice, as well as You’re Invited and You’re Invited Too, cp-written with Jen Malone. She has also written the young adult novel Exit Stage Left. You can find her online at http://www.gailnall.com.
Dee Romito lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. You’re likely to find her on adventures with her husband and two energetic kids, at the local ice cream shop, or curled up in a comfy chair with her cats. She loves to write, travel, and giggle like a teenager with her friends. Dee is the author of the middle grade novels The BFF Bucket List and No Place Like Home. You can visit her online at deeromito.com.