Kindle Books by Dan Elish

Dan Elish is the author of THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST (2015), The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld (2013), Nine Wives (2013), The School for the Insanely Gifted (2011) and other 3 books.

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THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST

release date: Dec 11, 2015
THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST
For eleven years in a row, John Applefeller has entered his highly original apple desserts in The Worldwide Dessert Contest. And every year he’s watched his delectable treats turn into disasters while the evil Sylvester Sweet wins first prize. But this year, when John’s greatest creation, the world’s largest pancake, flops, he and his sidekicks decide to seek help from the king of dessert chefs, the magical Captain B. Rollie Ragoon.

The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld

release date: Jul 09, 2013
The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld
Meet Justin Hearnfeld, a young man just out of college who would love to lose fifteen pounds and grow three inches taller but otherwise isn't sure what he wants out of life. Seemingly directionless, he takes a job as a high school teacher at the Clarke School for Boys, the private school he attended--and hated--as a teenager. There, Justin commits himself to finding the girl of his dreams. And there are so many possibilities. The girl who teaches in his department, the girl he dated in college, and that new girl who works at Clarke's sister school--all possibilities, but all with their own uniquely humorous frustrations. Also frustrating are Justin's problematic family and the rambunctious students who draw on too much of his time for all the wrong reasons. Something had better go rights for Justin soon, otherwise the bizarre and embarrassing misadventures that seem to plague his life are going to get the better of him. In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age novel, Justin takes his lumps one after another on his way to discovering who he is and the true meaning of love.

Nine Wives

release date: Jul 09, 2013
Nine Wives
Henry Mann is a 32-year-old bachelor who has spent the last few years watching everyone he knows get married. After the most recent wedding, where an intoxicated Henry proposes to no less than three women (including the rabbi), it dawns on him that being single isn't that much fun after all. "Nine Wives is an inventive, original, funny, and big-hearted novel, a book I will recommend to anyone interested in good fiction."--Tim O'Brien, National Book Award-winning author of July, July "Dan Elish has written an extremely funny book."—Jay Parini, author of The Apprentice Lover "Dan Elish has created a Portnoy for the 21st century."—David Eddie, author of Chump Change "Henry Mann wages battle between the real world and the imagined one with equal parts goofiness and suaveness. A very charming novel."—Antonya Nelson, author of Female Trouble "Enough to put Bridget Jones to shame."—Helen Schulman, author of P.S. "In a world where Sex and the City and Bergdorff Blondes tell us what we think we need to know about relationships, Elish has created a world far more real without stinting on the wit, insight, or hilarity."—Jonathan Rabb, author of The Book of Q "Dan Elish at last shows women what lurks within the minds of men."—Helen Ellis, author of Eating the Cheshire Cat "I read Nine Wives while Dan and I were dating. I didn't speak to him for a week, but I married him anyway."—Andrea Elish

The School for the Insanely Gifted

release date: Jun 21, 2011
The School for the Insanely Gifted
Daphna Whispers is insanely gifted. At age two and a half, she composed her first sonata. At age eight, she completed an opera. And now, at eleven and three-quarters, she is orchestrating a piano rhapsody. With a résumé like that, it's no wonder she is a student at the prestigious Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. But as sixth grade draws to a close, Daphna's mind is far from the upcoming "Insanity Cup" competition. She's preoccupied by her mother's disappearance two months ago. When a mysterious man breaks into Daphna's small New York apartment, Daphna discovers that her mother's disappearance wasn't a random accident. Her mother knew something—and now somebody is after Daphna. What starts out as a simple fact-finding trip to the basement with her friends spirals into an international expedition. And while Daphna hopes to uncover the secret of her mother's disappearance on her global trek, the last thing she expects to uncover is an outrageous secret about the Blatt School. And one insanely shocking secret about herself.

New York

release date: Jan 15, 2011
New York
This book explores the geography, climate, history, people, government, and economy of Michigan. All books in the It's My State! � series are the definitive research tool for readers looking to know the ins and outs of a specific state, including comprehensive coverage of its history, people, culture, geography, economy and government.

The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks

release date: Apr 13, 2010
The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks
Frozen woodchucks are attacking the galaxy! But they're no match for Jimmy and his crew of space travelers . . . or are they? Meet our heroes: Jimmy Weathers An average fifth grader living in New York City who never suspected that the fate of the world would be resting squarely on his ten-year-old shoulders. William H. Taft V Jimmy's best friend—the great-great-great-great-nephew of the fattest man who was ever president. Janice Claytooth A ten-year-old rocket scientist whose bestselling book Light Speed and You has sold only one copy on earth but millions throughout the galaxy. Imogene Weathers A feisty two-year-old inventor with a penchant for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Will this unlikely quartet discover the mastermind behind the frozen woodchuck attacks before it's too late?

13: A Novel

release date: Jun 16, 2009
13: A Novel
The novel based on the groundbreaking musical by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish, 13, a story about friendship, fitting in, and what it means to turn thirteen. Soon to be a movie-musical streaming on Netflix! “No one said becoming a man was easy." Evan didn’t expect relevant life advice from Rabbi Weiner, who looks so old that he must have gone to yeshiva with Moses. But wondering what it means to become a man is the least of Evan’s problems. After being uprooted right before his thirteen birthday from New York City to Appleton, Indiana, he’s more focused on using this fresh start to find the right friends to invite to his bar mitzvah. Because this is his chance to get in with the popular kids—the cool football players and pretty cheerleaders. But it’s the weird kids who welcome him, like his nerdy neighbor Patrice and Archie, whose crutches and muscular dystrophy make him an easy target for bullying. Evan doesn’t want to be laughed at for being different. He can pretend to be like the cool kids; he’s sure he can. But if you spend all your time pretending to be someone else, who do you become? In this story of acceptance and friendship, Evan prepares for his bar mitzvah, grapples with his father’s affair, and learns from his rabbi, all the while presented with various images of what it means to be a man. While he struggles to fit in with the popular boys at school, he eventually learns that being cool is not as important as being a good friend—and a good person. With relatable humor and accessible language, and at a consumable length, this book is perfect for all tweens and especially boys looking for a relatable read. Netflix has announced an adaptation of the Broadway musical that inspired 13: A Novel. Jason Robert Brown will be returning to compose new music for the show, and the cast includes Rhea Perlman, Josh Peck, Debra Messing, and Peter Hermann.
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