G. P.  Putnam's Sons

March 2002

$14.99 US

64p hb

ISBN: 978-0399236150

followed by Worlds Apart

Fearless Fernie: Hanging Out With Fernie And Me

Gary Soto

illustrated by Regan Dunnick

from the book...

The fun begins for Fernie and his best friend when they are babies crawling across the lawn toward each other, away from their parents' watchful eyes. And once they find each other, they are inseparable.


Together they grow to be the self-proclaimed artistic geniuses and master athletes of their school, but they admit to being losers at spelling bees and camping out. And when it comes to romance, well, if waltzing with a broom in the kitchen or sporting glowing orange socks to a school dance counts, these guys know what they're doing.


Guy Soto's original poems and Regan Dunnick's clever illustrations will ring true with everyone who's faced middle school and the humiliation of sports tryouts and first dances; who's had to deal with body image and swinging moods. Each poem shows a scene from the two boys' sometimes difficult, sometimes comical lives growing up together as best friends. Even though they don't have anything in common, they both know that at leats they're in it together.

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