The Boy Project: A Wish Novel : Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister

by Kami Kinard

Scholastic Paperbacks
August 2016

Ages 12 – 13 . Grades 7 – 8

Lexile measure: 810L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: W


Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She's going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she find the right boy for her?

But Kara's project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy's bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara's research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it...

Jam-packed with charts and graphs, heart and humor, this novel will resonate with tweens everywhere.
Kami Kinard

Kami Kinard enjoys writing about the boyfriend quest more than she enjoyed experiencing it. A teaching artist on the SC Arts Commission's Roster of Approved Artists, she writes from Beaufort, South Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children. Please visit her online at:


  • Praise for The Boy Project:

    "A rollicking ride through middle-school affairs of the heart... Kara's wicked sense of humor and her ability to navigate the waters of love and friendship will give readers in similar situations hope." -- Booklist
    "For the girl bent on hooking a particular fish, Kara's advice might do the trick."
    -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
    "[A] refreshing perspective on teen relationships." -- Kirkus Reviews
    "[Kinard] hits all the right notes as Kara learns that first opinions are rarely accurate and that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings."
    -- Publishers Weekly
    "An authentic account of this awkward age." --School Library Journal


Paperback / softback

ISBN: 9780545345163

272pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝