Charming as a Verb
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About the Author
Ben Philippe is a New York-based writer and screenwriter, born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He also teaches film studies and screenwriting at Barnard College. He is the author of the William C. Morris Award-winning novel The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. Find him online at www.benphilippe.com.
"Packed solid with freestyle wit, real bestie charm, and the everyday diverse glory of New York City."--David Yoon, New York Times bestselling author of Frankly In Love
Praise for FIELD GUIDE: "A witty debut with whip-smart dialogue that will find much love among fans of authors like John Green and Jason Reynolds."
--School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for FIELD GUIDE: "With a perfect balance of snark, keen observation, and wry humor, Ben Philippe has given us the brilliant Norris Kaplan--by far, the funniest, wittiest, smartest character I've ever read! Norris Kaplan would be the perfect teen host for The Daily Show!"
--Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street, National Book Award finalist
Praise for FIELD GUIDE: "A refreshing, captivating read, one which will definitely appeal to its teen target audience but will also satisfy older readers, who will appreciate its clarity and emotional acuity."
Praise for FIELD GUIDE: "It's no longer tenable to imagine that the anxieties of a white heterosexual young man expelled from an expensive prep school capture the spirit of our era. Today's snarky young anti-hero instead looks like Norris, the black French Canadian boy in The Field Guide to the North American Teenager."
--The Washington Post
"This humorous, first-person narrative with a conversational, almost conspiratorial, tone will captivate readers."--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for FIELD GUIDE: "Ben Philippe's sparkling dialogue along with prose that occasionally borders on lyrical (although in a completely cool, hip, manly way) is sure to delight readers. Norris' evolution from cynical outsider to caring insider is a journey well-worth following--especially as it's accompanied with laugh out loud moments [and]insightful revelations."
--New York Journal of Books
Praise for FIELD GUIDE: "In Philippe's funny debut, 16-year-old black French-Canadian Norris Kaplan must navigate life and love in Austin, Tex., after he and his mother move there... Philippe has a gift for dialogue and touches on a few instances of racism with sensitivity and humor in this crowd-pleaser."
"Henri's narrative swagger effortlessly charms the reader, but it's his growing self-awareness that gives this delightful novel its depth... An intelligently narrated romance with plenty of witty banter and a diverse cast."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)