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Books with author Ariel Kaplan

  • We Regret to Inform You

    Ariel Kaplan

    Paperback (Ember, May 19, 2020)
    How far would you go to get into the right college?... Fans of Becky Albertalli will appreciate this sharp-witted, timely novel about an overachiever who stumbles into the middle of a college admissions scandal.Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she's rejected not only by the Ivies, but also by her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly résumé-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving), the feelings of burnout . . . all that for nothing. As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as "The Ophelia Syndicate," Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations. In her sophomore novel, A. E. Kaplan cranks the humor to full blast and takes a serious look at the extreme pressure of college admissions."A well-written, intricately plotted, and sympathetic portrayal of the pressures that some elite college-bound kids experience during senior year." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review • An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book • A JLG Selection<
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  • The Official Force Training Manual

    Arie Kaplan

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc., Oct. 30, 2018)
    Join the resistance and use the Force in this hilarious, fun-filled training manual that's part activity book and part guidebook. Plus, it includes a buildable Rey LEGO(R) minifigure!The official training manual for using the Force, complete with a Rey minifigure! This training manual is narrated by Rey herself, and features every notable Force user from Kylo Ren to Qui-Gon Jinn. With tons of info about the Force combined with pages of activities, this book is the ultimate guide for the budding Jedi, told with trademark LEGO(R) Star Wars(TM) hilarity. So pick up a lightsaber, grab a glass of blue milk, and join Rey on this out-of-this-world journey to hyperspace. A must-have for the LEGO Star Wars fan!
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  • The Official Stormtrooper Training Manual

    Arie Kaplan

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc., Dec. 27, 2016)
    The hilarious official guide to thriving as a LEGO(R) Star Wars(TM) Stormtrooper! Includes a removable guide book, activity book, and buildable Snowtrooper minifigure all held in a sturdy case with magnetic closure.Joining the Empire and becoming a Stormtrooper is the adventure of a lifetime, but it comes with its challenges. While you get to spend time telling people "these aren't the droids you're looking for," you've got to be prepared for hitting your head on doorways, shooting at people and missing, and running into trees on your speeder bike, all while keeping your helmet on. No matter what kind of Stormtrooper you want to be, this is the field guide for you!
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  • We Are the Perfect Girl

    Ariel Kaplan

    Hardcover (Knopf Books for Young Readers, May 21, 2019)
    This witty, warm-hearted retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is a love letter to female friendship. Perfect for Stephanie Perkins fans, and anyone who's ever thought of trying on a new identity to impress a guy.Aphra Brown is bold and outgoing. Her best friend, Bethany, is achingly beautiful. Individually, they could both do a little better in the self-esteem department, but together? Together, they have what it takes to win over Greg D'Agostino, a proverbial "ten," who happens to be fluent in six languages--seven if you count the language of smoldering gazes . . . What begins as an honest mistake turns into an elaborate deception, wherein Bethany goes on dates with Greg while Aphra coaches her on what to say, and texts him in the guise of Bethany, trying and failing, all the while, to tamp down her own hopeless crush. It's only a matter of time before things come crashing down. The question is: What will happen when Greg finds out? And can Aphra and Bethany's friendship survive the fallout? From the author of We Regret to Inform You comes a witty, warm-hearted exploration of love in all its forms, and a cris-de-coeur for self-acceptance when the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming."There is much to appreciate about this book: its cleverness, its humor, that it embraces and normalizes therapy, that it places familial love and friendship on a level with romantic love. But, perhaps best of all, it offers teens, especially those struggling to accept and love themselves, a picture of a girl who makes mistakes and fights to begin again." --Booklist, starred review"At once painful and heartfelt . . . a smart and honest look at female beauty, with plenty of panache to boot." --Kirkus, starred review
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  • We Regret to Inform You

    Ariel Kaplan

    eBook (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Aug. 21, 2018)
    How far would you go to get into the right college?... Fans of Becky Albertalli will appreciate this sharp-witted, timely novel about an overachiever who stumbles into the middle of a college admissions scandal when she's rejected by every school she applied to.Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she's rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly résumé-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving), the feelings of burnout ... all that for nothing. As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as "The Ophelia Syndicate," Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations. In her sophomore novel, A. E. Kaplan cranks the humor to full blast, and takes a serious look at the extreme pressure of college admissions."A well-written, intricately plotted, and sympathetic portrayal of the pressures that some elite college-bound kids experience during senior year. "--Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewA Junior Library Guild Selection
  • We Are the Perfect Girl

    Ariel Kaplan

    eBook (Knopf Books for Young Readers, May 21, 2019)
    This witty, warm-hearted retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is a love letter to female friendship. Perfect for Stephanie Perkins fans, and anyone who's ever thought of trying on a new identity to impress a guy.Aphra Brown is bold and outgoing. Her best friend, Bethany, is achingly beautiful. Individually, they could both do a little better in the self-esteem department, but together? Together, they have what it takes to win over Greg D'Agostino, a proverbial "ten," who happens to be fluent in six languages--seven if you count the language of smoldering gazes . . . What begins as an honest mistake turns into an elaborate deception, wherein Bethany goes on dates with Greg while Aphra coaches her on what to say, and texts him in the guise of Bethany, trying and failing, all the while, to tamp down her own hopeless crush. It's only a matter of time before things come crashing down. The question is: What will happen when Greg finds out? And can Aphra and Bethany's friendship survive the fallout? From the author of We Regret to Inform You comes a witty, warm-hearted exploration of love in all its forms, and a cris-de-coeur for self-acceptance when the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming."There is much to appreciate about this book: its cleverness, its humor, that it embraces and normalizes therapy, that it places familial love and friendship on a level with romantic love. But, perhaps best of all, it offers teens, especially those struggling to accept and love themselves, a picture of a girl who makes mistakes and fights to begin again." --Booklist, starred review"At once painful and heartfelt . . . a smart and honest look at female beauty, with plenty of panache to boot." --Kirkus, starred review
  • We Regret to Inform You

    Ariel Kaplan

    Hardcover (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Aug. 21, 2018)
    How far would you go to get into the right college?... Fans of Becky Albertalli will appreciate this sharp-witted, timely novel about an overachiever who stumbles into the middle of a college admissions scandal when she's rejected by every school she applied to.Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she's rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly résumé-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving), the feelings of burnout ... all that for nothing. As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as "The Ophelia Syndicate," Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations. In her sophomore novel, A. E. Kaplan cranks the humor to full blast, and takes a serious look at the extreme pressure of college admissions."A well-written, intricately plotted, and sympathetic portrayal of the pressures that some elite college-bound kids experience during senior year. "--Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewA Junior Library Guild Selection
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  • Official Shark-Tastic Guide

    Arie Kaplan

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc., June 25, 2019)
    A guide to all the awesome sharks from Hungry Shark! Comes with poster!Just in time for shark week comes this guide to all of the sharks from the Hungry Shark franchise. With exclusive info about fearsome fish like Tiger Shark and Great White, to goofballs like Mako Shark and Porbeagle, this is a guide with some serious "teeth." Plus, comes with an awesome, exclusive poster! It's a must-have for fans of this bitingly funny game.
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  • Gratitude

    Arie Kaplan

    Paperback (Rosen Classroom, July 15, 2013)
    Gratitude has a way of increasing the good things that come to and from us, as positivity begets and multiplies positivity. Teens are often criticized for being entitled, greedy, spoiled, and ungrateful. Teens who demonstrate a spirit of gratitude also draw people to them and inspire a desire to help them succeed and reach their goals. This, in turn, results in a strong network of connections, superb college recommendations, employment tips, and great job offers. Teachers and librarians will have reason to feel gratitude when they see how well this text meets various informational text reading standards of the Common Core curriculum, including summarizing text, determining a central idea and its supporting details, tracing and evaluating an argument and its specific claims, determining the validity of the author's reasoning and evidence, and determining an author's point of view and purpose.
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  • The Brain-Boosting Benefits of Gaming

    Arie Kaplan

    Library Binding (Lerner Publications TM, Aug. 1, 2013)
    Has anyone ever told you gamers out there that your time would be better spent studying? Well, don't let go of that joystick just yet! Turns out, advancing to that next level of Super Mario Brothers has a similar effect on your brain as getting an A on your spelling test. Video games have been successful at training elite groups in the U.S. military and future doctors. Discover how they can help boost your brain power too!
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  • The Biggest Names of Video Games

    Arie Kaplan

    eBook (Lerner Publications TM, Jan. 1, 2017)
    Collecting bugs, drawing cartoons, writing plays, studying robotics—these are just some of the hobbies that inspired the creation of video games such as Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda. Who are these men and women who helped launch the gaming industry from private computer labs to widely available popular entertainment? Read this book to find out who and what inspired your favorite video games!
  • Penguins on a Mission

    Arie Kaplan

    Paperback (Grosset & Dunlap, Oct. 7, 2010)
    Open up this reader-sized book to find comic bookÐstyle interiors, with easy-to-read sentences and colorful stills from the popular television show. With three episode tie-in stories included, plus stickers and a poster, reluctant readers will giggle as they read this silly book.
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