The Best at It

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$9.99  $9.29
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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7.2 X 9.8 X 0.5 inches | 0.48 pounds

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About the Author

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose career has spanned hit television shows (30 Rock, Whitney), animated favorites (Phineas and Ferb, Sanjay and Craig), the Broadway stage, and films. He served on President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he is the cofounder of the anti-bullying campaign Act to Change. Maulik lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband, Ryan, and his dog, T-Rex. The Best at It is his debut novel.


★ "The protagonist's devastatingly honest voice pulls readers deeply into a fast-paced journey... heartbreakingly authentic." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ "An impressive first novel...wholly engaging." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

★ "This funny, uplifting story about identity... sends a powerful, positive message to young readers about choosing self-acceptance." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Rahul is a compelling protagonist... Hand this to middle grade readers who are navigating changing social dynamics as they come of age." -- School Library Journal

"An emotional, earnest, and genuine journey to self-love that had me crying, laughing, and cheering. Hilarious and heartbreaking and truly touching--I wanted nothing more than to reach through the pages and give Rahul a big hug for being brave, determined, and the best that he can be." -- Kacen Callender, Stonewall Award-winning author of Hurricane Child

"A funny, fun, big-hearted book filled with characters to adore. Rahul's journey toward learning to stand up for himself and finding his place in the world is achingly emotionally authentic and deeply resonant. This novel is a joy from beginning to end." -- Anne Ursu, award-winning author of Breadcrumbs and The Lost Girl

"Exuberant... Every middle schooler will find themselves in this book." -- Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series