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DUMPLIN’ – A #1 New York Times Bestseller! Jennifer Aniston to star in teen comedy, DUMPLIN’!

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, September 15, 2015
Contemporary Young Adult

A powerful novel with a fearless heroine, starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, and Dolly Parton songs.


Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin'” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroineDumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Praise for DUMPLIN’

“Will’s singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem…Splendid” —Booklist (starred review)

“Murphy… successfully makes every piece of the story… count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] richly enjoyable novel… a clever and funny book to please lovers of thoughtful romance and secret pageant fans.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Genuine, romantic, and with a dash of Texan charm, this is a novel that celebrates being who you are while also acknowledging that it’s incredibly difficult to do.” —The Horn Book

“Portrays and challenges sterotypes about beauty pageants, size issues, and women’s concerns…Powerful.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Willowdean Dickson is fat. And you can either back her up or back the bleep off. She is self-confident, fearless, funny, and comfortable in her own skin. Julie Murphy tells Willowdean’s story with wit, sass, and kindness. Although the book sadly has to come to an end, Willowdean lives in my heart and will for a very long time.” —Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop

“Willowdean Dickson’s journey from being completely comfortable as the ‘resident fat girl’ to doubting everything she thought she knew about herself–and back again–is a journey with which we can all relate. Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ will touch you, delight you, and hopefully help you to ‘step into your own light.'” —Laura Donohoe, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe

Dumplin’ made me want to high-five everyone in the world. If there’s any justice on this godforsaken earth, Julie Murphy will become the next household name synonymous with YA.” —Cristin Stickles, McNally Jackson Books

“Awesome, original, romantic, and wise–Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ is the book young adult literature has always needed. Willowdean is fat, there’s no getting around it, and that’s both the core of her story and just the start of her full, fabulous, interesting life. Teen readers will be changed by Willowdean and her journey.” —Angie Manfredi, Los Alamos County Library

“Willowdean will never be the pageant queen her mother was, but when her beloved aunt dies, everything changes. What’s a Dolly Parton-lovin’ fat girl to do? Start a revolution…. In a story in which everyone can see something of themselves, Julie Murphy has created a character who is flawed, fabulous, and feisty.” —Valerie Davis, Campbell County Library

“Heartfelt and inspirational, Dumplin’ will win readers over with her snarky humor and introspective view of growing up a big girl in a small town. You’ll want her to take the cake, the crown, and the boy!” —Jen Bigheart, Westbank Community Libraries

“I’m obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. Dumplin’ is such a star.” —Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days

Dumplin’ should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy’s star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives.” —John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back

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