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"Debut author Vrabel takes three knotty, seemingly disparate problems—bullying, the plight of wolves and coping with disability—and with tact and grace knits them into an engrossing whole of despair and redemption."

-- From Kirkus Reviews starred review of PACK OF DORKS

"Lucy's growth and smart, funny observations entertain and empower in Vrabel's debut ..."

--From Publishers Weekly review of PACK OF DORKS

"Pack of Dorks nails the pitfalls of popularity and celebrates the quirks in all of us! An empowering tale of true friendships, family ties, and social challenges, you won't want to stop reading about Lucy and her pack... a heartwarming story to which everyone can relate." —Elizabeth Atkinson, author of I, Emma Freke

"Beth Vrabel's humorous debut, Pack of Dorks, takes a fresh look at what it means to embrace what makes you and the ones you love different. While Lucy navigated the social hierarchy of intermediate school, I found myself alternating between laughing with her and cringing on her behalf. The novel is a must read for anyone trying to survive fourth grade or anyone who remembers what it was like. Pack of Dorks is the pack I want to join." —Amanda Flower, author of Agatha Award nominee Andi Unexpected

“Beth Vrabel’s stellar writing captivates readers from the start as she weaves a powerful story of friendship and hardship. Vrabel’s debut novel speaks to those struggling for acceptance and inspires them to look within themselves for the strength and courage to battle real-life issues.” —Buffy Andrews, author of The Lion Awakens and Freaky Frank

"This realistic story draws readers into Lucy’s struggle to untangle the messy social-hierarchy of school, all while adjusting to a new home front that includes a special needs, baby sister. The first person narration delicately illustrates Lucy’s innocence, strength, and uncertainty in a tale that encourages hope, as well as acceptance. Beth Vrabel weaves an authentic, emotional journey that makes her a standout among debut authors." —Kerry O'Malley Cerra, author of Just a Drop of Water

 

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About Beth Vrabel

 Beth Vrabel grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She won a short-story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. Although her other plans--becoming a wolf biologist, a Yellowstone National Park ranger, and a professional roller skater--didn't come to fruition, she stuck with the writing. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism, she moved through the ranks of a local newspaper to become editor of two regional magazines and a lifestyle columnist. Beth now lives in Connecticut with her wonderful husband, two charming children, a spoiled rotten puppy, and two fat guinea pigs, Winn-Dixie and Pippin.

Check out some of her Smart Mama columns here and here

Beth's debut novel, PACK OF DORKS, will be published in October 2014 by Sky Pony Press.