What's In A Name

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The students of Scrub Harbor High School, trying to figure out who they are and who they should be, divide themselves into the "Scrubs" and the "Follys."


"Like Wittlinger's novels Lombardo's Law (1993) and Hard Love, a Booklist 1999 Editors' Choice, these 10 connected short stories dramatize serious identity issues in a sharp, funny, touching contemporary narrative." --Booklist

"...when Quincy's girlfriend Gretchen thinks, 'The town was more than its name, wasn't it?' she could be referring to any of the narrators, who all realize they are more than whatever they've been labeled. Male, female, gay, straight, black, white, rich, poor, popular, geeky, immigrant, exchange student-all bases are covered, but in an intriguing, complex, and believable manner that will keep readers engrossed." --Horn Book

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This discussion guide was created by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.


Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book, 2000
Horn Book Magazine Starred Review, 2000
A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2000
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 2001
Massachusetts Book Award in Children's Literature, 2001
Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, 2001
New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, 2001
Nominated: Missouri Gateway Reader's Choice Award, 2002

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Simon and Schuster, 2000

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