The Mighty Quinn by Robyn Parnell

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It’s something of a soapbox, but it’s one of the few books for the audience that discusses the possibility of not practicing a religion.


Quinn Andrews-Lee feels anything but mighty, and faces a dismal school year. His little sister outshines him athletically and socially, he yearns for a service award his peers disdain, and charismatic bigot Matt Barker's goal in life is to torment Quinn and lure his friends to the dark side. When Quinn reports an act of vandalism, he is accused of injuring Matt. Neally Standwell, a free-spirited new kid in Quinn's class, helps Quinn deduce who hurt Matt, but Matt would probably die—and would definitely lie—before admitting the truth.

Through events comical and poignant Quinn and Neally solve the right mystery just as everything seems to go wrong, thwart a bully without becoming one in turn, and realize that the fabled ability to belch the entire alphabet might very possibly trump any award ever presented at Turner Creek School.

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About Robyn Parnell

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Robyn Parnell's country/western-flavored song, "If You Can't Live Without Me Then Why Aren't You Dead?" mercifully remains unpublished and unrecorded; nevertheless, her fiction, essays and poems have appeared in ninety books, magazines, anthologies and journals. Publishing credits include her book of short fiction, This Here and Now, a children's picture book, My Closet Threw a Party, and now the middle-grade novel, The Mighty Quinn. Parnell is the second of four children and the middle daughter, which means she is destined for either ground-breaking gender role usurpations or middle management in Tupperware® sales. She lives and writes in Hillsboro, Oregon, (city motto: "Yeah, we're not Portland, but at least we're not Oxnard."), sharing her life with one husband, two children, four cats, one bearded dragon, one corn snake, one ball python, one goldfish and innumerable dust bunnies.Katie and Aaron DeYoe met while studying graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Though they are both full-time graphic designers, they spend most of their free time drawing, doodling, painting and printing. They also enjoy riding their serendipitously matching red Schwinns around Minneapolis.
Published May 14, 2013 by Mighty Media Junior Readers. 274 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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on Mar 13 2013

It’s something of a soapbox, but it’s one of the few books for the audience that discusses the possibility of not practicing a religion.

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