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by Dave Kerpen and Lindsay Brockington

Life for four middle schoolers in New York City can be tough. David’s dad has bipolar disorder. Alexa’s new stepmother will never be able to fill her mom’s shoes. Tiffany’s dad acts like he’d rather be at the bar than at home with his family. And Albert’s got a family secret he can’t even tell his best friend.

All these four strangers want is to be normal, but it seems like they’re cursed to be outcasts no matter how hard they try. That is until they hear about a special school on New York City’s Upper East Side that’s meant for kids who stand out.

Thanks to a lot of hard work, their new school, a magical teacher, and each other, these four misfits soon find that being different makes them something much better than normal. . . . It makes them friends.

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Meet the Author

DAVE KERPEN is a New York Times bestselling author of three books and a serial entrepreneur. His latest company is Apprentice ( Dave has been named one of Entrepreneur’s top ten up-and-coming leaders and has been featured on CNBC’s On the Money, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS’s Early Show, The New York Times, and the BBC. He’s keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe including Singapore, Athens, Dubai, San Francisco, and Mexico City. 

Dave is the father of three beautiful kids (Charlotte, Kate, and Seth), the husband to an amazing business partner, Carrie Kerpen, and friend to many. You can find out more about him at his website and on social media @DaveKerpen.

LINDSAY BROCKINGTON is a singer, songwriter, band leader, producer, television show host, and photographer. After living in the Caribbean, France, and Australia, Lindsay recently returned home to the Upper West Side to work on her creative projects.

You can listen to Lindsay’s music and watch her videos on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Tidal, and Google Play, and on her website

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Formats: Paperback, E-book

Pages:  248

ISBN PB: 978-1-953021-63-2

ISBN EB: 978-1-953021-64-9

Release Date: 6/6/2022


“Finally! A middle-grade book that is brave enough to share a variety of progressive, real-life struggles and circumstances, while also promoting empathy, acceptance, appreciation, and 

being true to oneself.”

—Eevi Jones, Vietnamese-American USA Today & WSJ bestselling writer and award-winning children’s book author


“‘Why can’t things be normal?’ is the cry of this urban tale of diverse young voices, ambitiously and beautifully written yet easy to read, flowing with the secret feelings and hopes of the characters who come alive on the page. The authors have skillfully weaved alternating glimpses of four families in turmoil, all relevant and of this time. Normal is also a loving homage to the wonderful Hunter High School on the Upper East Side of New York City.”

—Barbara Ames, director of junior and intermediate choruses at Mannes Prep of New School University and former music teacher at Hunter College Elementary School from 1985 – 2002


Normal is a sparkling and poignant tale of adolescents coming of age in the world’s greatest city. Just like the eclectic neighborhoods they hail from, the young protagonists’ diverse and compelling exteriors mask complicated homelives and personal struggles. As we learn each character’s story, we are reminded of both the beauty and pain of growing up, and the complex challenges that many children are forced to shoulder. A reader will see little bits of themself in each vignette, whether identifying with the nervousness of attending a new school, finding the courage to share a secret, or the profound ache of losing a parent or watching your hero fall from grace.

“The young people we are introduced to in Normal are highly relatable and engrossing and will draw in even the most jaded reader. And in doing so, we realize the moral of this modern, urban fable: that we can relate and connect across differences, even with those who, on the surface at least, seem to share nothing in common with us. The empowering message for readers young and old is (in the words of the great Dr. Seuss), ‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out?’ Thanks to the authors for the gift that is this special book.”

—Saskia Thompson, program director of education at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and former deputy chancellor for the New York City Department of Education

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