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The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills

By Joanna Pearson


For anyone who's ever survived a coming-of-age ritual or performed a mating dance…

The Japanese hold a Mogi ceremony for young women coming of age. Latina teenagers get quinceañeras. And Janice Wills of Melva, North Carolina… has to compete in the Miss Livermush pageant.

Janice loves anthropology, the study of human culture, and her observations help her navigate a high school world of social groups and mating rites. But when hot Jimmy Denton takes an interest in her, her anthropological certainties are thrown into doubt - and she has to figure out for the first time where she really fits in.

Funny, biting, and full of wisdom, this marks the debut of a writer to watch.


Reviews and Awards

“[A] laugh-out-loud debut.. All along the way, she imparts amusing quips on high school’s taxonomy of students and the small-town South, occasionally illustrating her observations with frequently hysterical diagrams, pie charts and graphs.... Serve to readers who like their chick lit with a side of humor.” - Kirkus Reviews


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Summer 2011
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-19773-1
Price: $16.99/$18.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 224
Foreign Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Translation Rights: Scholastic Inc.
Rights Available? yes