I don’t even know which fist he hit me with. I started talking, then something slammed into my mouth, just POW! – like that. My head snapped back. He hadn’t hit me that hard, but it was right on the mouth, and I could feel blood dripping down my chin, and I could taste it on my teeth.



*A Story About Me with 138 Footnotes, 27 Exaggerations, and 1 Plate of Spaghetti

by Arthur Salm

"20 thumbs up!"

– Sacha Brown

Watch 3-min video of Arthur Salm reading from ANYWAY*

Published by Simon & Schuster

Reinventing yourself takes humor, heart, and a TON of footnotes!

Max is a good kid—but you wouldn’t know that if you met him at the boring family camp his parents dragged him to over the summer. There, Max reinvents himself as “Mad Max” and gains a bad-boy reputation for being daring, cool, and fearless. But when Max returns home, he finds it’s easier to be fearless with strangers than it is among friends.

Peppered with humorous handwritten footnotes and doodles throughout, Anyway* perfectly captures the viewpoint of a young teen doing his best to find his place in the world—and an ideal balance between wise guy and wimp.



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