Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Julie Murphy is a freelance illustrator working traditionally in pen and watercolor, with occasional mixed media elements. She lives in Southern California among the butterflies and hummingbirds, drawing and painting versions of the kind, gentle world she wants to help create for all of us.


"Genuine, romantic, and with a dash of Texan charm, this is a novel that celebrates being who you are while also acknowledging that it's incredibly difficult to do."
--The Horn Book
"This companion to the very popular Dumplin' introduces more memorable characters for whom readers can't help but cheer."--School Library Journal
"[A] richly enjoyable novel...a clever and funny book to please lovers of thoughtful romance and secret pageant fans."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Texans and non-Texans alike will appreciate getting to know two strong-minded Lone Star girls."
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Murphy's energetic writing style makes for compulsive readability."
--ALA Booklist
Praise for PUDDIN' "Murphy's plot brims with unlikely friendships, irresistible romance, fabulous fat acceptance, and a kick-ass ending. Buoying."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"With her signature blend of humor, sensitivity, and panache, Murphy has crafted a sensational narrative that is bursting with life and is anything but a drag....Murphy's best-selling Dumplin' series grows bigger and better with every installment, and this book will quickly rule the YA realm."--ALA Booklist (starred review)
Praise for DUMPLIN' "Murphy...successfully makes every piece of the story--Dolly Parton superfans, first love, best-friend problems, an unlikely group of pageant entrants, female solidarity, self-acceptance, and Willowdean's complicated relationship with the mother...-count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for DUMPLIN' "Will's singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem...Splendid"
--ALA Booklist (starred review)
"Julie Murphy has created the platonic love story of a lifetime. I am wildly in love with Puddin'."

--Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Leah on the Offbeat and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
[This] novel is full of inspiration, fabulousness, and romance, and readers will be enthralled as they race to learn what happens to Pumpkin and his friends... Enticing as homemade pumpkin pie. Bon appétit!"
--Kirkus Reviews