Katherine Tegen Books Nowhere Special
Katherine Tegen Books Nowhere Special

Nowhere Special

By Matt Wallace


Publication Date: October 24, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Author Matt Wallace delivers a deeply moving story about two kids, Stan and Elpidia, who find hope in an unexpected friendship as they navigate challenging family circumstances in the desolate Southern California desert. Perfect for fans of Ernesto Cisneros and Julie Murphy.

Growing up in the middle of nowhere can make you feel like nowhere is the only place you belong.The isolation and bullying Stan suffers at school are nothing compared to the war at home. After he tries and fails to defend his mom by standing up to his abusive father, Stan decides there is only one solution to finding a new self-confidence: he must learn how to fight.Tragic events have split the two sides of Elpidia’s family into fighting factions. Every day she finds herself outnumbered by her cousins on the schoolyard. After the latest beatdown, her grandmother makes a decision: Elpidia must learn how to defend herself.Stan and Elpidia seem like total opposites, but when they both wind up with the same infamous and reclusive trainer, they find an unexpected and beautiful friendship as they work together to overcome their bullies. But when Stan gains the attention of a powerful gang leader, it threatens to pull him away from his new best friend. Will their dreams for the future be enough to get them out of this small town?

About the Author

Matt Wallace is the author of The Supervillain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid, Bump, and the Hugo–winning author of the adult novels Rencor: Life in Grudge City, the Sin du Jour series, and Savage Legion. He’s also penned over one hundred short stories in addition to writing for film, television, and video games. In his youth he traveled the world as a professional wrestler and unarmed combat and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full-time. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nikki. You can visit him at matt-wallace.com.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 256 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: October 24, 2023

ISBN: 9780063254008

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