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Middle Grade

  • Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One, Maggie Horne
    Clarion, 9780358664703, October 18, 2022 (Middle Grade)

    “When quiet, snarky, academic Hazel is told all the secrets of the school’s golden boy, she figures out that he’s been harassing some of the girls at school — and she can’t let that stand. This middle grade novel about friendship, revenge, and standing up for the right thing is both funny and empowering. Great for fans of Kate Messner!”

    - Nicole Brinkley, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY

    “Hazel, you glorious little badass! I loved everything about this story! Hazel is funny, smart, insecure, and ultimately, brave. My nerdy, introverted, middle school self needed a book like this. A book that shows that it’s not ok for girls to be treated like their bodies are a distraction and something they should have to apologize for. A book that says that it’s not just ‘boys being boys,’ and that ‘he just likes you’ is not an excuse for reprehensible behavior. And a book that celebrates young women finding their voice and speaking up for themselves and other young women. I can’t wait to read more from Maggie Horne.”

    Melissa Taylor, E. Shaver, Bookseller, Savannah, GA

    Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One needs to be in every single middle school classroom, right now. Maggie Horne’s debut is a charming and heartfelt story about sexuality, harassment, and social media. I laughed AND cried while rooting for Hazel and her friends. You need this book!”

    - Kassie King, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO


    “Horne’s debut is a novel of new friendships and standing up for what’s right as Hazel learns that her (former) academic nemesis is being sexually harassed by a fellow student (and yes, it can and does happen in middle school). While Hazel and her friends are navigating a really serious and difficult situation, there’s still a lightness and humor to this story between the girls and their families that bring the whole story to life. Whether you’re reading Hazel Hill for leisure or for literary solidarity, audiences both young and old are sure to be moved by this brave and delightful novel.”

    Andrew King, Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, WA

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