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Rebecca Petruck

Biography

Rebecca Petruck

Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A former member of 4-H, she was also a Girl Scout, a cheerleader, and competed in MathCounts. She reads National Geographic cover to cover. Her first novel, STEERING TOWARD NORMAL, is an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection. It also has been chosen as a Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List title. STEERING TOWARD NORMAL will be released by Abrams/Amulet May 13, 2014.

Rebecca Petruck

Books by Rebecca Petruck

by Rebecca Petruck - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

When Will's friend Darryl called new kid Eloy Herrera a racial slur, Will ate a bug as a diversion. Now Will is Bug Boy, and everyone is cracking up inventing insect meals for him, like maggot-aroni and fleas. Turns out eating bugs for food is a real thing, called entomophagy. Deciding that means he can use a class project to feed everyone grasshoppers, Will bargains for Eloy’s help in exchange for helping him with wrestling, but their growing friendship only ticks off Darryl more. When things with Darryl and Eloy heat up, Will wrestles with questions of loyalty, honor --- and that maybe not all friendships are worth fighting for.

by Rebecca Petruck - Youth Fiction
Eighth grade is set to be a good year for Diggy Lawson: He’s chosen a great calf to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, he’ll see a lot of July, the girl he secretly likes at 4-H, and he and his dad Pop have big plans for April Fool’s Day. But everything changes when classmate Wayne Graf’s mother dies, which brings to light the secret that Pop is Wayne’s father, too. Suddenly, Diggy has a half brother, who moves in and messes up his life. Wayne threatens Diggy’s chances at the State Fair, horns in on his girl, and rattles his easy relationship with Pop.
What started out great quickly turns into the worst year ever, filled with jealousy, fighting, and several incidents involving cow poop. But as the boys care for their steers, pull pranks, and watch too many B movies, they learn what it means to be brothers and change their concept of family as they slowly steer toward a new kind of normal.