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Getting the Girl

A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery

by Susan Juby

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published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9780060765286
publisher: HarperCollins
imprint: HarperTeen
Description

 

Meet Sherman Mack.

 

Short. Nerdy. Amateur P.I. And prepared to do anything for Dini Trioli, tenth-grade goddess.

Nobody knows how the tradition began, but every girl at Harewood Tech fears being D-listed, a ritual that wipes her off the social map forever. When Sherman believes Dini is in danger of being D-listed, he launches a full-scale investigation to save her. Part comedy, part mystery, and with all of Juby’s trademark laugh-out-loud style, Getting the Girl takes on the cruelest aspect of high school social life.

Meet Sherman Mack, the only one willing to fight back.

About the Author

Susan Juby

SUSAN JUBY is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) and her latest novel for adults, The Woefield Poultry Collective. After dropping out of fashion college and attaining a BA from the University of British Columbia, Susan went to work in the book industry. She holds a master’s degree in publishing. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous. Visit her online at susanjuby.com.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
8 to 12
Awards
  • , Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee (Mystery Writers of America)
  • , Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book
Editorial Reviews

“Juby again demonstrates her ability to tell a story that’s richly colored all the way to the edges.”

— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books <strong>(starred review)</strong>

“As if appealing to both genders and espousing integrity weren’t enough, the story is often funny, with an endearing main character. GETTING THE GIRL is a pursuit worth undertaking.”

— School Library Journal

“As always, Juby endows her endearing characters with quirky, comedic voices and original backgrounds.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Clever, smart, and wryly observant, [with] an impressive array of convincingly quirky, original characters.”

— ALA Booklist

“A fun read with a message.”

— KLIATT (starred review)

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Reader Reviews

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery

Ninth grader Sherman Mack loves the ladies even though, for the most part, they are scarcely aware of his existence. It is precisely this fixation that lands Sherm smack in the middle of his high school’s most dreaded, and shameful, tradition with the valiant goal of putting an end to it once and for all.

When Sherm’s crush, “older woman” Dini Trioli, starts going out with lacrosse star Lester Broadside, Sherm is not only disappointed but also alarmed that she may become the next victim of Harewood Tech’s cruel practice of “Defiling” random girls. And what would he do if that ever happened to his friend Vanessa, he wonders. What begins as a crusade to protect one certain girl becomes, for Sherm, a chance to oppose something that he knows is wrong. It is also an opportunity to practice his skills as a private investigator (honed from reading Vanessa’s detective novels), to show off his cooking abilities and to hide out in a bedroom closet with the Trophy Wives! With a little help from his friends, Sherm makes some interesting and unsettling discoveries about himself, his fellow students and the realities of modern high school life.

In Sherm, Susan Juby gives us a quirky, affable new character not unlike Alice MacLeod from her earlier books. His slightly offbeat perceptions make him endearing and utterly likeable. The author also manages to maintain a light and humourous tone throughout the book while offering serious food for thought regarding how cruel teens can be to one another, especially when hiding behind the mask of anonymity that a group seems to provide. Slow though he may be on the uptake, Sherm readily recognizes that individually everyone he speaks to despises the custom of “Defiling”, but collectively the students, year after year, participate in its continuation. This is an intriguing look at the dynamics of high school as seen through the eyes of one semi-clueless but well-meaning boy whose investigations give readers uncomfortable insights into the whole issue of personal responsibility and accountability.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2008. Vol.31 No.4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery

Sherman is a ladies’ man with a thing for “older” women. But before he can ask out Dini, Lester scoops her up. Lester’s last girlfriend’s reputation was ruined for good — she even had to change schools! Determined to save Dini from the same fate, Sherman will put everything on the line.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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