Book Expo America is a huge publishing trade show – very prestigious, exciting and energetic. The event was last week in Chicago and we were thrilled to celebrate with Derek Sullivan as his debut contemporary young adult novel released in paperback!
BIGGIE is the story of an overweight boy who tries out for the baseball team to impress a girl. The Horn Book review said, “…hits all the right notes in this coming-of-age story with an endearing underdog protagonist.”
Publishers Weekly said, “Thoughtful and witty, Biggie tells a story full of physical and emotional highs and lows as debut author Sullivan empathetically addresses topics of self-esteem and finding healthier, happier versions of oneself (and what that even means).”
BIGGIE originally released in 2015 in hard cover and this paperback release was extra exciting because the publisher, Albert Whitman Teen, hosted Derek for book signings and a book party.
Congratulations Derek and happy reading to all!
Follow Derek online at: www.derekesullivan.com
And say hi and congratulations on twitter @DerekESullivan
Henry “Biggie” Abbott is the son of one of his hometown’s most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn’t understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. “Forty percent, that’s an F in any class,” he would say. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try.