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The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

By Lenore Appelhans
Illustrated by Lenore Appelhans

Equal parts love story, mystery, and wacky adventure, this tongue-in-cheek novel both parodies and exemplifies the over-the-top zaniness that makes the manic pixie trope so evergreen in teen fiction.

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.

  • Brilliantly uses meta humour, which shows no sign of wearing out its welcome with readers
  • Addresses relevant questions of whose stories get told and how

About the author

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 traveller. 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.

ISBN: 9781541512597
Imprint: Carolrhoda Lab – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: May 1, 2019
Dimensions: 139 x 209mm, 272pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 27/10/19 at 22:10:08
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