Wendelin Van Draanen


Dedicated with infinite love to

Colton and Connor,

who make me feel like so much more than the sum of my parts.

Special thanks to…

my husband, Mark Parsons,

who helps me feel the magic,


my excellent editor, Nancy Siscoe,

for her care and insight

(and for making me stick to a reduced-filler diet).

Also, eternal gratitude to

Tad Callahan and Patricia Gabel,

who were on the ball when we needed it most.

Finally, thanks to Jeanne Madrid and the staff at Casa De Vida—

may you keep the spirit.

Bryce: Diving Under

All I’ve ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone. For her to back off — you know, just give me some space.