Dutton Books for Young Readers Just Do This One Thing for Me
Dutton Books for Young Readers Just Do This One Thing for Me

Just Do This One Thing for Me

By Laura Zimmermann


Publication Date: August 22, 2023

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Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up

Hilarious, heartbreaking, and sneaky suspenseful, Just Do This One Thing for Me is a timely novel about a rule-following daughter trying to hold her family together after her scammer mother disappears.

“Just do this one thing for me.” Drew's mother says it more often than good morning. Heidi Hill has been juggling shady side hustles for all of Drew’s seventeen years, and Drew knows that “one thing” really means all the necessary things her mother thinks are boring, including taking care of her fifteen-year-old sister and eight-year-old brother. In fact, Drew is the closest thing to a responsible adult they’ve ever known. When their mother disappears on the way to a New Year’s Eve concert in Mexico and her schemes start unraveling, Drew is faced with a choice: Follow the rules, do the responsible thing, and walk away--alone--from her mother's mess. Or hope the weather stays cold, keep the cons going, and just maybe hold her family together.

About the Author

Laura Zimmermann is a multiple-time champion of the Twin Cities Moth and Word Sprout story slams, and she was chosen to participate in the 2018 Listen To Your Mother storytelling show. Her debut novel, My Eyes Are Up Here, won the Minnesota Book Award. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, MN. 

Author Residence: Minneapolis, MN

Author Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Format: Hardcover

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: August 22, 2023

ISBN: 9780593530337

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