Getting the Girl:
A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance and Cookeryteen
Mom's pink bike.
Meet Sherman Mack. Short. Nerdy. Amateur P.I. and prepared to do anything for Dini Trioli.
Nobody knows who began it or when it became a tradition, but every girl at Harewood Tech fears being D-listed, a ritual that wipes her off the social map forever. When Sherman believes Dini is in danger of being D-listed, he snatches up his surveillance gear and launches a full-scale investigation to uncover who is responsible.
Could it be the captain of the lacrosse team?
The hottest girls in school, the Trophy Wives?
Or maybe their boyfriends?
One thing is for sure: Sherman Mack is on the case. And he's not giving up. Part comedy, part mystery, and with all of Juby's trademark tongue-in-cheek humor, Getting the Girl takes on one of the cruelest aspects of high school: how easy it is for an entire school to turn on someone, and how hard it can be to be the only one willing to fight back.
Praise for Getting the Girl
BCCB, starred review
“Juby again demonstrates her ability to tell a story that's richly colored all the way to the edges... Whether kids fancy themselves unlikely stand-up heroes or just wish there was one out there as they enter high school, they'll relish Sherman's endearingly dorky nobility.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Delightful noir motifs distinguish the tale... As always, Juby endows her endearing characters with quirky, comedic voices and original backgrounds.”
Horn Book Magazine
“The author of the Alice MacLeod series, having successfully tried her hand at a horse story in Another Kind of Cowboy, now applies her signature brand of humor to a detective novel. Given the dearth of sleuthing capers for the high school crowd, here's hoping that Juby delivers on the promise of sequels.”
Quill and Quire
“Think Harriet the Spy meets Sam Spade, with a good dose of Wayne’s World thrown in. Funny, honest, self-effacing, the Mack is the charmingly irresistible heart that beats behind Juby’s funny and immensely readable Getting the Girl. …”
School Library Journal
“As if appealing to both genders and espousing integrity weren’t enough, the story is often funny, with an endearing main character. Getting the Girl is a pursuit worth undertaking.”
“Susan Juby’s hilarious story of high school hierarchy and the one super nerd who’s determined to stand up for what’s right even if he has to topple Trophy Wives to do it is equal parts Say Anything and The Pink Panther.
“...full of delicious dramatic irony. The final scene, in which Sherman prepares and serves dinner to a mixed group of invited guests, while the defiling problem explodes around him, is worth the price of the book in itself. ... This short, compelling, amusing novel takes dead aim at how the bystanders are complicit in bullying, how hurtful and malicious behaviour can destroy lives and how one courageous, persistent person can inspire others to change their lives.”