Kyle Finds Her Way

Susie Salom (Author)
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On the first day of sixth grade, Kyle Constantini lands in the principal's office after standing up against (that is, punching) Ino Nevarez, who was teasing a deaf girl at school. Her punishment? Join the NAVS program, which teaches constructive problem-solving (that is, not punching).

Kyle loves NAVS, where her team competes in a challenge to navigate a maze. But her parents refuse to let her participate... so Kyle may just have to fudge the truth a bit to get around them. Then her best friend starts to crush on a cute new English boy, who seems to be interested in -- Kyle? As the NAVS competition approaches, she has to trust her instincts, take some good advice, and figure out her way through the amazing maze of middle school.

Rich characters, a big heart, and a witty, warm voice make Kyle Finds Her Way a debut worth discovering.

Product Details

Arthur A. Levine Books
Publish Date
October 11, 2016
6.0 X 0.88 X 8.63 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Susie Salom loves sunny, chirpy days, strawberry tamales, and the color blue. She once purposely got on the wrong bus to keep talking to a new friend on her first day of sixth grade and has been following her adventuresome heart ever since. She lives in the west Texas town of El Paso with her husband and daughter and their obese cat. Please drop by and say hi! to her on Twitter at @susie_salom, and visit her website at


Praise for Kyle Finds Her Way

"[An] empowering coming-of-age story... which should leave readers with plenty to think about." -- Publishers Weekly

"Kyle's narration cleverly but unconsciously interweaves the wise messages she learns... with her growing self-awareness. Her conflicts with her friends and her parents are well-realized and believable, and her voice has a subtle edge of humor and self-deprecation that enlivens the presentation. Amusing, engaging, and honest, Kyle and her struggles and successes will be familiar to many middle school girls." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Told with wit and charm, Salom's debut is sure to make readers think and laugh... In the same vein as R.J. Palacio's breakout hit Wonder, this charming middle grade debut will strike a chord with readers who enjoy realistic fiction with some depth." -- School Library Journal