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Nothing Special

Nothing Special

by Geoff Herbach

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A Stupid Number of Awards for Geoff Herbach's Stupid Fast

• ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
• YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
• 2011 Cybils Award Winner, Young Adult Fiction
• Junior library Guild Selection
• ABA Best Books

Hey Aleah,
I miss you. Because there's some serious donkey crap going on right now. I'm supposed to be at football camp, but noooo ... Andrew had to go missing! So because of my stupid little brother, I'll probably lose my chance at a scholarship and end up being nothing special.

I'm pretty sure Andrew ran away to Florida, and now Gus and I have to drive cross-country to get him. Did you know Gus used to think
Miss Piggy was hot? Anyway, Andrew once told me I needed to get my head out of my butt. So that's what I'm trying to do. How about a kiss for luck?


"Readers looking for a genuinely memorable first-person narrator—in the vein of Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or Pete Hautman's Godless— should really catch up to Stupid Fast."—StarTribune

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402265075
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Felton Reinstein trilogy , #2
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 277,445
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Wee Wisconsin boy, Geoff Herbach wanted to play for the Green Bay Packers or join The Three Stooges. His tight hamstrings left him only writing. Now he writes YA novels, including the award-winning Stupid Fast series, and teaches at Minnesota State, Mankato where he blows his students' minds with tales of football and comedy glory, none of which are true. Visit for more information about the author, his books, and much more.

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August 20th, 1:33 a.m. Bluffton, WIM

Hey, Aleah, I just thought I'd drop this in, because it's sort of interesting to know what Andrew was thinking back in January, before he got messed up. From his blog at

Felton is Number 2!

"Reinstein is the rarest of athletes, a freak of nature with great size and speed combined with crazy-quick animal reflexes. That Reinstein has played just one season of organized football should strike fear in the hearts of coming opponents and has already caused seismic recruiting efforts among collegiate programs across the nation."—Wisconsin State Journal

You probably already know this, but Felton has been deemed the #2 sports story in the state of Wisconsin for the year (right behind the Green Bay Packers' mid-season resurgence—I had no idea they had gone downhill ever—I pay no attention to professional athletics).

We had six State Journal newspapers jammed in our door, and Felton had approximately ten million voice mail messages from people wanting to congratulate him.

Did Felton celebrate this coverage? Not at all. He went running for about ten minutes. Then he came back because he kept falling down in the snow. (Snow hasn't stopped him before, I promise you.) He watched TV for ten minutes and groaned about how he'd seen every COPS episode ever made. Then he went to bed. It's not even dinnertime yet.

Jerri is concerned for him. I suppose he is feeling pressure. Why, though? He likes playing football. He just has to do what he likes. That is easy.

Jerri is making him some hamburgers for dinner. She's a terrible cook. Maybe he'll sleep through it? I won't, unfortunately.

Happy New Year!


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