Finding Perfect

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Finding Perfect

In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee has selected Finding Perfect to be part of the 2018 Great Words, Great Works Book List.

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Finding Perfect

Available Now

Finding Perfect

In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.

ORDER FINDING PERFECT:   

Scripps National Spelling Bee has selected Finding Perfect to be part of the 2018 Great Words, Great Works Book List.

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To Molly Nathans, perfect is:

  • The number four
  • The tip of a newly sharpened number two pencil
  • A crisp, white pad of paper
  • Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines

What’s not perfect is Molly’s mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Slam Poetry Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with table cloths. Molly’s sure her mother would never miss that. Right…?

But as time goes on, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly’s world from spinning out of control.

In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.

Finding Perfect deals with the issue of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. A thorough resource list is provided at the end of the book. For other books dealing with issues and challenges often tackled in bibliotheraphy, feel free to explore the Bibliotherapy Book list compiled by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Kari Anne Holt, Anne Nesbet, Erin Moulton, Paul Hankins and me for our 2016 NCTE panel.

Elly with book

Elly Swartz stops by the All the Wonders podcast to talk to Matthew Winner about listening to her characters, listening to her heart, and following your dream. Listen to the Podcast below.