A Work in Progress by Lerner, Jarrett

A Work in Progress

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A young boy struggles with body image in this poignant middle grade journey to self-acceptance told through prose, verse, and illustration.

Will is the only round kid in a school full of string beans. So he hides...in baggy jeans and oversized hoodies, in the back row during class, and anywhere but the cafeteria during lunch. But shame isn't the only feeling that dominates Will's life. He's also got a crush on a girl named Jules who knows he doesn't have a chance with--string beans only date string beans--but he can't help wondering what if?

Will's best shot at attracting Jules's attention is by slaying the Will Monster inside him by changing his eating habits and getting more exercise. But the results are either frustratingly slow or infuriatingly unsuccessful, and Will's shame begins to morph into self-loathing.

As he resorts to increasingly drastic measures to transform his appearance, Will meets skateboarder Markus, who helps him see his body and all it contains as an ever-evolving work in progress.

Author: Jarrett Lerner
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Published: 05/02/2023
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.90w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781665905152
Audience: Ages 9-12


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 03/01/2023
Publishers Weekly 03/20/2023
Shelf Awareness 05/19/2023

About the Author
Jarrett Lerner is the award-winning creator of more than a dozen books for kids, including the EngiNerds series of middle grade novels, the Geeger the Robot series of early chapter books, the Hunger Heroes series of graphic novel chapter books, two activity books, the illustrated novel in verse A Work in Progress, and the Nat the Cat series of early readers. You can find him online at JarrettLerner.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @Jarrett_Lerner. He lives with his wife and daughters in Massachusetts.

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