In Ned Vizzini’s new novel, The Other Normals, Peregrine “Perry” Eckert is sent to sleep-away camp by his parents, even though he would rather spend his summer playing Creatures and Caverns, his favorite role-playing game. However, when his new camp friends—who are suspiciously similar to the characters he created in Creatures and Caverns—need him to prevent mass violence and save their princess, Perry becomes a hero . . . and it turns out his nerdy childhood has prepared him to save the day.
Inspired by Perry’s heroism, we challenged you to write a story about an apparent weakness that ends up working to someone’s advantage. You wrote, voted, and here are the top ten finalists that will be sent to Ned Vizzini for judging!
One grand-prize winner will receive a signed copy of The Other Normals, a copy of It’s Kind of a Funny Story (also by Ned), and a DVD of the film version of It’s Kind of a Funny Story (starring Zak Galifianakis).
Two runners-up will each receive a copy of The Other Normals.