Spring 2019

The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Riley lives in TropeTown, where everyone plays stock roles in novels. Riley, a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, is sent to group therapy after going off-script. Riley knows that breaking the rules again could get him terminated, yet he feels there must be more to life than recycling the same clichés for readers’ entertainment. Then he meets Zelda, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Geek Chic subtype), and falls head over heels in love. Zelda’s in therapy too, along with several other Manic Pixies. But TropeTown has a dark secret, and if Riley and his fellow Manic Pixies don’t get to the bottom of it, they may all be terminated.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-54151-259-7
$18.99 $14.24
978-1-54154-184-9
$28.49 $21.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Fiction, Young Adult
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 272
Publication Date 2019-03-05
BISACS YAF027010, YAF027020, YAF019010
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 810
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Reviews

School Library Journal

“Recommend this well-crafted book to voracious readers of YA who will appreciate the satire.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“[A] genial read . . .”—Booklist

Martha Brockenbrough

“How long has it been since you had a good laugh? This book is the one you’ve been waiting for. Witty, sharp, surprising—a refreshing read.”—Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

Jess Rothenberg

“Funny, romantic, and delightfully meta—The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project was a joy to read from beginning to end.”—Jess Rothenberg, author of The Catastrophic History of You & Me and The Kingdom

Author: Lenore Appelhans

Lenore Appelhans is the author of several books for children and teens. Her work has appeared on the Bank Street Best Books list, won a SCBWI Crystal Kite award, and been featured on boxes of Cheerios. Lenore is an ambivert, a proud Slytherpuff, and a world traveler. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in the D.C. area with her family and her manic pixie dream cat.

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The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

Riley lives in TropeTown, where everyone plays stock roles in novels. Riley, a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, is sent to group therapy after going off-script. Riley knows that breaking the rules again could get him terminated, yet he feels there must be more to life than recycling the same cliché View available downloads →