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The School for Whatnots (Exclusive Edition)

The School for Whatnots (Exclusive Edition)

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From master of suspense author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes another page-turning stand-alone adventure perfect for fans of Cog and Bad Magic.

No matter what anyone tells you, I’m real. That’s what the note says that Max finds under his keyboard.

He knows that his best friend, Josie, wrote it. He’d know her handwriting anywhere. But why she wrote it—and what it means—remains a mystery.

Ever since they met in kindergarten, Max and Josie have been inseparable. Until the summer after fifth grade, when Josie disappears, leaving only a note, and whispering something about “whatnot rules.”

But why would Max ever think that Josie wasn’t real? And what are whatnots?

As Max sets to uncover what happened to Josie—and what she is or isn’t—little does he know that she’s fighting to find him again, too. But there are forces trying to keep Max and Josie from ever seeing each other again. Because Josie wasn’t supposed to be real.

This middle grade thriller from Margaret Peterson Haddix delves into the power of privilege, the importance of true friendship, and the question of humanity and identity. Because when anyone could be a whatnot, what makes a person a real friend—or real at all?

This edition features:

  • Exclusive cover
  • Signed bookplate from Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Author letter from Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Reversible dust jacket artwork by Sydney Dean
  • Max & Josie Collectible Card (designed by Andrew Kolb)

Genre: Sci-fi
Themes: Privilege, humanity, the importance of true friendship, social themes like homelessness & poverty
Content Warnings: Classism

Photos by:@lostinbookworld and @pages.for.dawn (from Instagram), and Babs Books

Educational Benefits

A whimsical adventure that encourages creativity, problem-solving, and empathy as characters navigate through a school filled with peculiar challenges and unexpected discoveries, making it an engaging educational resource for fostering imagination, resilience, and social-emotional learning in an immersive narrative format.

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