The Boy Project: (Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister)
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545345156 Hardcover
256 Pages | 5.51" x 8.1" | Ages 8 to 12
Thirteen and wildly creative, Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She's going to take careful notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend?
But Kara's project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy's bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara's research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it...
Full of charts and graphs, heart and humor, this hilarious debut will resonate with tweens everywhere.
Raves & reviews:
"Kinard creates a highly credible middle-school universe of popular girls, dorky boys, unpredictable teachers, and volatile loyalties; she hits all the right notes as Kara learns that first opinions are rarely accurate and that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings." Publishers Weekly
"Kara's boy-crazy experiment lends refreshing perspective on teen relationships, and the results point to self-enlightenment." Kirkus
"This debut novel is a rollicking ride through middle-school affairs of the heart. With a premise that is original, a unique layout featuring Kara's note cards and charts, and timely references to Facebook and books like Inkheart, this story feels like today." Booklist
"[Kara's] convincing voice gives an authentic account of this awkward age." School Library Journal