Dear Student (Hardcover)

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Dear Student (Hardcover)


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Middle school. When your BFF moves and your dad leaves for the Peace Corps and YOU have social anxiety, it can be really hard. Autumn navigates the challenges and takes on the role of advice columnist. It’s an awful lot to manage but an awful lot you can relate to whether you are headed to middle school or already there!

— Ashby

When Autumn becomes the secret voice of the advice column in her middle school newspaper she is faced with a dilemma--can she give fair advice to everyone, including her friends, while keeping her identity a secret?

Starting Middle School is rough for Autumn after her one and only BFF moves to California. Uncertain and anxious, she struggles to connect with her new classmates. The two potential friends she meets could not be more different: bold Logan who has big ideas and quiet Cooper who's a bit mysterious. But Autumn has a dilemma: what do you do when the new friends you make don't like each other?

When Autumn is picked to be the secret voice of the Dear Student letters in the Hillview newspaper, she finds herself smack in the middle of a problem with Logan and Cooper on opposite sides. But before Autumn can figure out what to do, the unthinkable happens. Her secret identity as Dear Student is threatened. Now, it's time for Autumn to find her voice, her courage, and follow her heart, even when it's divided.
Elly Swartz grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She studied psychology at Boston University and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Elly lives in Massachusetts and is happily married with two grown sons, a beagle named Lucy, and a pup named Baxter Bean. Finding Perfect, called "a clear, moving portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder" by Publishers Weekly, was her debut novel. She is also the author of Smart Cookie and Give and Take, novels for middle grade readers.

You can find Elly on Twitter @ellyswartz, on Instagram @ellyswartzbooks, on YouTube's Books In the Kitchen with author Victoria J.Coe: Her website is
Product Details ISBN: 9780593374122
ISBN-10: 0593374126
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English
Praise for Dear Student:

"Tweens won’t be able to put down this heartfelt story with a fresh plot, vibrant characters, and even a recipe for whoopie pies."—Parents magazine

"A heartfelt story about finding the courage to stand up for your beliefs even when you’d rather remain invisible."—Kirkus Review

"A heartfelt, authentic book about friendship, courage, and honesty. It’s about finding – and more importantly, owning – your own voice.”—LYNDA MULLALY HUNT, New York Times bestselling author of Fish in a Tree

“A story that shines with honesty and heart.”—PADMA VENKATRAMAN, Walter Award–winning author of The Bridge
Dear Student will resonate with readers who know that feelings and friendships can be complicated, and they will root for Autumn as she searches for her true superpower.”—DIANE DEBROVNER, deputy editor of Parents magazine