The (Almost) Perfect Guide to Imperfect Boys

Aladdin MIX, Paperback, ISBN 978-1481405638Read the first chapter
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All middle school boys are either Tadpoles, Croakers, or Frogs. At least, according to Finley Davis and her best friend, Maya Lopez.

They’ve written a “Guide” to the boys of Fulton Middle School, which they call The Amphibian Life Cycle. It’s hilarious and (if they say so themselves) brilliant – full of detailed observations about the silly, immature tadpoles; the awkward Croakers with their changing voices; and, of course, the Frogs, those rare, more evolved boys who’ll look you in the eye and have an actual conversation.

Finley thinks she has boys figured out perfectly, until Zachary Mattison, a Tadpole who made an abrupt exit from seventh grade last year, reenters the picture – as a Frog. Zachary’s surprising reappearance causes Finley to question everything: the Life Cycle, her friendship with Maya, even herself. And when the Life Cycle falls into the wrong hands, it causes a battle between the boys and the girls that no one, not even Finley, could have predicted.

For Book Clubs

  • What’s great about the friendship between Finley and Maya? What’s not so great?
  • What do you think about Finley’s mom’s blog? Is she right about the difference between boys and girls?
  • Do you think giving boys and girls “gender neutral” toys is a good idea?
  • Why does Zachary become a Croaker Hero? Do the boys respect him the same way the girls respect Chloe?
  • Do you think Finley is right to be mad at Zachary when he reveals the secret about his “wrist tattoo”?
  • What do you think will happen next year? Who’ll be friends? Who won’t be?

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