Ferrets, belly flops and a broken friendship.
It’s the worst summer on record for Callie Boone. Not only has she been ditched by her best friend for someone more “awesome”, but she may never live down her recent humiliation at the community pool.
The only things keeping her afloat are dive practices with her dad and a secret Olympic dream. That is, until a boy named Hoot moves in next door and teaches a reluctant Callie the true meaning of friendship.
But just when everything seems to be going her way, disaster strikes and it’s up to Callie to grow up fast and hold on tight to what matters most; her friendship with Hoot, the love of her family and a newfound belief in herself.
Praise for Winnie Mack’s After All, You’re Callie Boone:
Finalist, Saskatchewan Young Readersí Choice Diamond Willow Award (2011)
Selected, Ontario Library Associationís (OLA) Best Bets for Children (2010)
Selected, Oregon Spirit Book Awards Honor Book (2010)
Nominee, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Nominee, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
Nominee, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Children's Book Award
“Good pacing leads the story to a climactic family tragedy in which Callie believably realizes the true meaning of friendship as well as the value in a strong, supportive, if quirky, family. Dive in, this story is fine.”
“For tween girls who recently watched Canada’s female athletes clean up in Vancouver, swimming fanatic Callie Boone arrives right on time. . . .
Winnie Mack owes much to Beverly Cleary in her depiction of Callie’s alienation from her mother and feverish devotion to her daydreaming father. Nothing here is forced . . . Hopefully, Mack will catch up with Callie in a couple of years with a follow-up.” —Quill & Quire
“In this affable, sweet story . . . Mack does an admirable job of making Callie realistically self-absorbed and dramatic. Young female readers should be attracted to Mack’s earnest characters and hopeful message.”
“Callie’s process of self-discovery is realistic and appealing, as are the story’s themes about the importance and rewards of compassion and support.” —Booklist
“Mack’s well-drawn personalities and lighthearted touch keep the narrative lively and engaging. Youngsters will find themselves laughing at Callie and her colorful family … as they recognize themselves in her story.”
—School Library Journal
Genre/Category: Middle grade/tween fiction
Setting: Suburban US
Canadian rights, Scholastic Canada
US rights, Feiwel & Friends
For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.
Photocredit: Michael W. Smith
Winnie Mack is Wendy French Smith.
Wendy French Smith was raised in Vancouver, where she was certain her parents unwittingly cursed her writing career with a happy and stable childhood. In an effort to overcome her unfortunate beginnings, she sought artistic torment at the University of Victoria, but despair eluded her. Although she earned a BA in Writing and English, she didn’t suffer for a moment.
Finally, she conceded defeat, abandoned her quest for misery, and began writing humorous fiction for women and young readers. She now resides in Portland, Oregon.
Visit Winnie Mack’s website at www.winnie-mack.com.