Shine! (Hardcover)

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Piper Milly, a shy girl with a bold musical father, has always been a “blender”. She isn’t looking to stand out in the world. But when she learns her father got a job at a rich middle school and she’s transferring there, she can’t handle it. She’s going to have to find a way to be her best. Grabenstein really lets the reader see Piper’s point of view as she’s trying to find her own way to shine. This is an inspiring, truly shining book!

— From Summer


"Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun." --James Patterson

Everyone deserves to shine in this sparkling new book from the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Chris Grabenstein, and coauthor J.J. Grabenstein--just right for fans of Word of Mouse and The Fourteenth Goldfish.

"Who do you want to be?" asks Mr. Van Deusen. "And not when you grow up. Right here, right now."

Shine on! might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper's hero--astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse--but Piper knows the truth: some people are born to shine, and she's just not one of them. That fact has never been clearer than now, since her dad's new job has landed them both at Chumley Prep, a posh private school where everyone seems to be the best at something and where Piper definitely doesn't fit in.

Bursting with humor, heart, science, possibilities, and big questions, Shine! is a story about finding your place in the universe--a story about figuring out who you are and who you want to be.

About the Author

J.J. & CHRIS GRABENSTEIN are a husband-wife writing team. J.J. is an award-winning voice-over and stage performer. Chris is a New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Mr. Lemoncello's Library and Welcome to Wonderland series, as well as the coauthor of numerous page-turners with James Patterson, including Word of Mouse and the I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters series. J.J. and Chris live in New York City. Visit them online at and on Twitter at @CGrabenstein.

Praise For…

"A crowd-pleasing reminder that kindness pays.” –Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524717667
ISBN-10: 1524717665
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
Pages: 224