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Kami Kinard

For anyone who's ever felt that boys were a different species....

Wildly creative seventh grader, Kara McAllister, just had her best idea yet. She's going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend?

But Kara's project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy's bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara's research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it...

Full of charts and graphs, heart and humor, this hilarious debut will resonate with tweens everywhere.

Click HERE to see outtakes from The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister

“This debut novel is a rollicking ride through middle-school affairs of the heart. With a premise that is original, a unique layout featuring Kara’s note cards and charts, and timely references to Facebook and books like Inkheart, this story feels like today. Kara’s wicked sense of humor and her ability to navigate the waters of love and friendship will give readers in similar situations hope, especially as Kara slowly realizes that best friends trump crushes any day.”             


“…Note cards detailing surreptitious observations of her male classmates serve to guide readers through Kara’s social experiment. Her convincing voice gives an authentic account of this awkward age.”

            School Library Journal

“Kara McAllister will take you on a wild ride through the halls (and boys' bathrooms!) of middle school and keep you laughing every step of the way.”

  1. —Kathryn Erskine

  2. Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Mockingbird

The Boy Project:
(Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister)

Publisher: Scholastic Press 
ISBN-10: 0545345154
ISBN-13: 978-0545345156
forthcoming 2012

Listed at Girls Life online:

“8 Books We Wanna Read in 2012”

Children’s Book 2013 Children’s Choices Reading List

More information HERE!


“This middle-school drama is hip to the moment, with break-up texting, kissing and popularity tug of wars…Kara’s boy-crazy experiment lends refreshing perspective on teen relationships, and the results point to self-enlightenment.”

            —Kirkus Reviews

“Kinard creates a highly credible middle-school universe of popular girls, dorky boys, unpredictable teachers, and volatile loyalties; she hits all the right notes as Kara learns that first opinions are rarely accurate and that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings.”

            Publisher’s Weekly

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The Boy Project is

re-released in paperback