When forced to switch to a rival high school before the end of her junior year, Blythe’s carefully laid out plans for a perfect future begin to unravel. At first she thinks that being the principal’s daughter is the worst part, then an unflattering viral picture of Blythe has everyone laughing at her the first day.
Although vengeance was never her thing, Blythe vows to abolish the Senior Scramble, a long-revered school scavenger hunt. Afterwards, things don’t go to plan, though. To make amends, she teams up with Senior, Luke—the surly head of the hunt and so-called-journalist who first posted her picture. Together they defy Blythe’s father and take the Senior Scramble underground. Blythe soon realizes that Luke isn’t so bad after all. In fact, she’s drawn in by his sly geekish wit, spontaneous Shakespearean quotes, and peering gaze.
As Blythe speeds through the scavenger hunt, she faces expulsion, an arrest, and a split from her best friend. But she won’t give up. If she wins the Senior Scramble, she just might win back her reputation. And maybe even win Luke’s heart.
Kristin Walker grew up in the Pennsylvania countryside, finally landing at Penn State where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts. In addition to being an actor, Kristin worked at many things on her way to becoming an author. She was a lifeguard, a nanny, a beginning ballroom dance instructor, a library circulation clerk, and very nearly a nurse. 7 CLUES TO WINNING YOU is her second novel. Her first one, A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL, was published in 2010. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LADYBUG, WEE ONES, and two CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL books. Kristin lives in a Philadelphia suburb with her husband and three sons.
When high school junior Blythe and her family relocate to the school district where her father is vying for a superintendent position, she is far from thrilled. Blythe must now attend Ash Grove, where her father is principal and where instead of being surrounded by scholars whose goals and wardrobes are as well-planned as her own, she is engulfed by unfriendly strangers in a building that smells of "academic mediocrity." ("I pinned my shoulders back and strode like Moses parting the Red Sea. Only, this was a sea of synthetic fibers and cheap hair extensions.") In this hilarious account of a girl's reluctant adjustment to new circumstances and her romance with a Shakespeare-quoting school journalist Walker (A Match Made in High School) focuses on Blythe's regrets and changing attitude as she alienates the student body, then gradually redeems herself by resurrecting a banned school tradition. The vibrant, first-person narrative captures the humor and heartache of Blythe's predicaments and her humbling realization that it's more fun to be part of the crowd than looking down on it. Ages 12 up.