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Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl, though she also has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, England, Connecticut and, currently, North Carolina. A former member of 4-H, she was also a Girl Scout, a cheerleader, and competed in MathCounts. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. Petruck's novels are published by ABRAMS/Amulet.
BOY BITES BUG received a starred review from Booklist, which called it "...a tale that is funny, perceptive, and timely in more ways than one." Kirkus Reviews said, "...successfully weaves together such important themes as bias, solidarity, and coming to recognize one's own privilege and prejudice, delivering them in a plot that is so very middle school (bugs! sports!)... An admirable feat that entertains even as it instructs." And School Library Journal said, "...the straightforward and uncluttered style will please lovers of the 'Wimpy Kid' series. VERDICT A sure bet for reluctant readers."
It was a Louisiana Young Readers Choice nominee for 2020-2021, and is a Minnesota Youth Reading Awards nominee for 2021-2022.
Her debut STEERING TOWARD NORMAL is a Blue Ribbon winner as a Best Book of 2014 by the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB), an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce New Voices selection, as well as a Kids Indie Next List title. Vanity Fair's Hollywood dubbed it a "book we'd like to see made into a film," the L.A. Times included STEERING TOWARD NORMAL in its Summer Books Preview, Christian Science Monitor named it one of 25 Best New Middle Grade Novels, it is part of the International Reading Association's list "Books Can Be a Tool of Peace," in the 2014 ABC Best Books for Children catalog, and an American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Recommended Publication. STEERING TOWARD NORMAL is a Housatonic Book Award finalist, and the BCCB gave it a starred review.
You may visit her online at and on Twitter at @rebeccapetruck.
Author Photos, Credit: Addie Wuensch
Steer Photos, Credit: Laura Seljan