September Buzz Book

by Julie Murphy


What The Teen Press Corps Is Saying

“Willowdean Dickson is just a normal high school girl trying to make it though life. The thing is no one treats her like she’s normal because of one thing, Willowdean is fat and that’s all there is to it. She’s tired of feeling insecure and decides to get back at everyone by joining a beauty pageant. I liked this book a ton because it talks about stuff no one really likes to admit or say. It made me realize that I am one of those people who look at size and I now more than ever, see how horrible I’ve been. This book was hilarious and romantic and just perfect! This book speaks to me and it should be everyone’s favorite book.”

-Miriam, Teen Press Corps

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About the Book

Dubbed Dumplin by her former beauty queen mom, WillowDean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant along with several other unlikely candidates to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she ll shock the hell out of Clover City and maybe herself most of all.

Movie News!! 

Disney optioned the rights to a film adaptation of Julie Murphy’s upcoming YA novel Dumplin, according to

Meet The Author!

Julie Murphy will lead the conversation with Leigh Bardugo during her BookPeople stop on her Magic & Mayhem tour. Julie will be leading the conversation about Leigh’s new book, Six of Crows. This great event happens on Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM. Even though the focus of the event is on Leigh’s new book, Julie may talk a bit about Dumplin’ and the film adaptation progress. Come on out!

National Buzz

“I’m obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. Dumplin’ is such a star.”

Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days

Dumplin’ should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy’s star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives.”

John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back

“Murphy successfully makes every piece of the story — Dolly Parton superfans, first love, best-friend problems, an unlikely group of pageant entrants, female solidarity, self-acceptance, and Willowdean’s complicated relationship with the mother who nicknamed her Dumplin’ — count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole.”Publishers Weekly, starred review


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