Strangeville School Is Totally Normal (Hardcover)
January/February 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“I loved this book because it’s so weird. I really got taken along with all the oddity, until I felt like I may have gone through the supply closet and emerged in a parallel universe.”
— Clare Doornbos, Mr. Mopps' Books and Toys, Berkeley, CA
Harvey Hill just wants other kids to think he’s normal. So he’s happy to start fresh as the newest kid at Strangeville Middle School. Except Strangeville is anything but normal. Something sinister swims in the drinking fountain, the cafeteria could swallow you whole, and a giant rat named Cuddles is on the loose. And don't even get the vice principal started on the third-floor supply closet. In fact, don't even think about it. What supply closet?
At least Harvey has his guide and sort-of new friend Stella Cho to show him the ropes. School newspaper reporter, first chair flugelhorn, and hiding a secret of her own, Stella shows Harvey that maybe "normal" is overrated. But when Stella goes missing while trying to solve the secret of the supply closet (oh that supply closet!), Harvey must embrace what makes him unique to save his new friend and his new school.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School meets Welcome to Nightvale in this wacky new series!
Brett Helquist is the illustrator of many books including The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balleitt and most recently Guitar Genius, by Kim Tomsic and Cezanne’s Parrot, by Amy Guglielmo. He is also the author of Bedtime for Bear, Grumpy Goat, and Roger the Jolly Pirate. He grew up in Utah and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two kids. When he’s not working he’s usually trying to play his guitar. You can visit Brett online at www.bretthelquist.com
"Strangeville School is Totally Normal is the funniest kids’ book I’ve read in years. It’s also the weirdest, in the best possible way: if demonically possessed supply closets, mysteriously oversized rats, and even more mysterious main characters are your kind of thing, you’ll love this story.” – Geoff Rodkey, New York Times bestselling author of The Tapper Twins