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Erica S. Perl


Erica S. Perl

Erica S. Perl is the author of WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU OJ, VINTAGE VERONICA, and a number of picture books, including the well-loved CHICKEN BUTT. A crowd-pleasing presenter to children of all ages, she has also done author visits at schools and libraries across the United States. In addition to writing books, Erica works at First Book, the groundbreaking nonprofit organization that has provided over 70 million brand-new books to children in need.

Erica S. Perl

Books by Erica S. Perl

by Erica S. Perl - Children's, Children's 10-12, Fiction, Friendship
Spoiler alert: This book is not about the Three Stooges. It's about Noah and Dash, two seventh graders who are best friends and comedy junkies. That is, they were best friends, until Dash's father died suddenly and Dash shut Noah out. Now Noah's confusion, frustration, and determination to get through to Dash are threatening to destroy more than just their friendship. But what choice does he have? As Noah sees it, sometimes you need to risk losing everything, even your sense of humor, to prove that gone doesn't have to mean "gone for good."
by Erica S. Perl - Children's 10+, Fiction, Friendship, Humor

Seventh-grade playwright Olive Henry is frustrated by her middle school’s lack of appreciation for anything but sports. So Olive and her best friend, Reynaldo, hatch a plan to kidnap the school’s capybara mascot, planning to return it, heroically, just in time for the school’s pep rally and claim a reward: permission for their drama club to practice in the auditorium. And, hopefully, some overdue respect for the school’s non-athletes. But when an animal-rights student activist and an undercover athlete with murky motivations join in the conspiracy, their plans --- along with Cappy the capybara --- veer wildly out of Olive’s control.

written by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by Henry Cole - Children's, Children's 5-8, Coming of Age, Fiction, Humor

Mr. Drake’s second grade class has a new class pet. Fluffity appears to be a cute and docile hamster --- but the kids soon discover that she is not the cuddly pet they expected. From the moment her cage door opens, Fluffity becomes FEROCIOUS --- biting and chasing everyone down the hall and into the library! Will the class be able to tame this beast and bring peace back to their school?

by Erica S. Perl - Youth Fiction

Zelly Fried has finally convinced her parents to let her get a dog, with the help of her grandfather Ace. Unfortunately, said dog (also named Ace) is a shoe-chewing, mud-tracking, floor-peeing kind of dog. Despite Zelly's best efforts to drag Ace (literally!) to puppy kindergarten, his flunking report card says it all: "This Ace is wild."