A Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” Book for July 2014
The sequel to Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga
“This is a realistic portrayal of a middle-school experience—a time of big changes and the beginnings of self-awareness. Sure to be popular.”
—School Library Journal
“Steinkellner is capable of writing nearly flawless sentences.”
Jake Schwartz is back at San Paulo Junior High completely unprepared for his new celebrity status as the-boy-who-survived-a-gang-brawl. Facing unwanted attention from both foes and fanatics, Jake is out to make some changes-for better, or for worse.
On the Eastside of town, Jake's former best friend, Danny Uribe, has stepped up in the ranks of the local gang, the Raiders. Now that Danny is calling the shots, he has to start making some tough decisions. Life as a Raider may not be all that Danny thought it would be.
Meanwhile, Hannah Schwartz is starting a new school year at Costa Blanca Preparatory Academy. No longer perched at the top of the social ladder, Hannah must fight for her position on the popularity pole. But frenemies have set their sights on Hannah, and they won't make it easy for her to get ahead.
And as for Dorothy Wu, no one is as excited as she is about starting the eighth grade. With her new drama class friends and her boyfriend, Prince Jacobim, by her side, what else could a Wu ask for? But Dorothy has never navigated rocky relationship waters before. Can she help save Jake from the moody blues? Or will Dorothy end up dumped in the trash can, too?
In this remarkable follow-up to Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga, Teddy Steinkellner delivers a contemporary story that is as hysterically funny as it is heartbreaking. In the end, there will be epic dance-offs, stunning sleepover secrets, life-changing spin-the-bottle sessions, and—oh yes—lots and lots of cats.
Teddy Steinkellner is a young adult, an author, and a young adult author. He grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, where he attended junior high, and, yes, got dumped in a trash can as a seventh grader. Teddy thought that writing a book about that unpleasant experience might help him get over it. Teddy was very naïve. He graduated from Stanford University in 2011, where he majored in English and American Studies. It was also at Stanford where Teddy began work on his first novel, Trash Can Days: A Middle School Saga. Nobody at Stanford was surprised when Teddy wrote a book about middle school, because everyone there thought he was in middle school anyway. In related news, Teddy has yet to begin puberty. In addition to being a YA author, Teddy has been a public access TV talk show host, an improv teacher at the college level, a college basketball announcer, and an evil boy genius. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his girlfriend and a flabbergasting amount of toys.