The Perfect Star (The Perfect Score Series #3) (Hardcover)

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The Perfect Star is a heartwarming third book to the Perfect trilogy by Rob Buyea. This book is about the recruits, a group of 6 kids by the names of Natalie, Trevor, Randi, Gavin, Scott, and Mark. These kids are always striving for more than they would get, and trying to make the world a better place by helping one person at a time, even through the bumps that lay in front of them. You’re always being left with questions that are unanswered, such as will they be able to help whenever they need to? Will their plans fall through and leave them to find a different approach? Are they doing the right thing? Along with hundreds of other questions.

— From Emmy


Return to Lake View Middle School in the third book of the PERFECT SCORE series from the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt.

Eighth grade promises to be an unforgettable year of tears, laughter, surprises, and star power.

GAVIN's days of football glory have arrived, but an accident on the home front upends his family. Ever enterprising, NATALIE anchors a morning news broadcast at school--where she's unafraid to tackle big issues. Being on the outs with his best friend sucks, but the more TREVOR tries to patch things up, the worse things get. Sidelined with a gymnastics injury, RANDI develops a bad attitude and worries that her mom's new boyfriend means changes she won't like. SCOTT discovers hidden talents . . . and becomes a secret weapon on and off the football field.

It's the final year of middle school--a time to play hard, smart, and together!

About the Author

ROB BUYEA taught third and fourth graders for six years; then he taught high school biology and coached wrestling for seven years. Currently, he is a full-time writer and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughters. He is the author of The Perfect Secret, the sequel to The Perfect Score. His first novel, Because of Mr. Terupt, was selected as an E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book and a Cybils Honor Book. It has also won seven state awards and was named to numerous state reading lists. Mr. Terupt Falls Again and Saving Mr. Terupt are companion novels to Because of Mr. Terupt. Visit him online at and on Facebook, and follow @RobBuyea on Twitter.

Praise For…

Praise for the PERFECT SCORE series:

"Told through five students' perspectives, this novel is a heartfelt look at social interactions in middle school, a pointed commentary on standardized testing, and an entertaining read." --Booklist Online

"The students' stories are compelling, and Buyea confidently mixes humor and heart . . ." --Publishers Weekly

"The characters shine, the plots are engaging, and the issues are addressed in interesting ways that will provide readers with many perspectives and much to consider." --Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who love happy books . . . will find lots to enjoy here.” —Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524764630
ISBN-10: 1524764639
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 15th, 2019
Pages: 384
Series: The Perfect Score Series