Dallin Malmgren Whole Nine Yards

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Whole Nine Yards

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"I'm good with girls. I have a talent for making them care for me." boast Storm Russell, world authority on girl chasing. Indeed, most of his high school years are spent in the relentless pursuit of "the perfect girl."

Storm's obsession leaves him little time to think about acting responsibly, either in school or at home. When he meets Paula, the girl he really wants, Storm finds himself totally unprepared for a serious relationship. It's not until tragedy strikes during his senior year that Storm, with Paula's help, finds the strength to confront his immaturity.

Malmgren's remarkable first novel offers a poignant yet optimistic view of a young man's growth toward awareness and responsibility in this delicate coming of age novel. The Whole Nine Yards received honorable mention in the 1984 Delacorte Press.

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"I have cared about nothing but girls for the entire span of my high school life.  My efforts, energies, schemes, and dreams have centered on winning the heart of one girl or another.  The route I took walking home from school was determined by which girl's house I wanted to pass on that particular day.  The classes I chose to enroll in were carefully designed to give me maximum exposure to assorted female talent.  I've bloated myself at water fountains between classes because I knew a certain girl was due to walk by.  I've done time in detention in pursuit of romance.  I've gone out for sports, attended parties, volunteered for projects, and completed homework assignments in the hope of a sexual encounter.  I have abased, embarrassed, denied, and distinguished myself all for the sake of this girl or that.

About the Author:

Dallin Malmgren has written over ten novels and several screenplays, while also teaching high school for the past 33 years.  Most of his books fall into the category of young adult fiction.

His first novel, The Whole Nine Yards, was published through Dell Publishing and won honorable mention in the Delacorte Press Prize. The Ninth Issue was also published by Dell in 1989. Is This for a Grade? (a collection of essays about teaching) was published by Corona Publishing Company in 1994. He has also published in various magazines, fulfilled many speaking engagements, and served as writer-in-residence for the Highlights for Children Writers' Retreat in Chautauqua, New York. 

Malmgren was born in upstate New York, the third of six children. He grew up in Philadelphia  Pennsylvania. His family moved his senior year of high school to St. Louis. He briefly attended the University of Missouri as a business major, then left to spend some years in travel and self-reflection. He married in 1976 and returned to University of Missouri where he received a degree in English with a minor in Education. His family moved to Texas in 1984. He now resides in New Braunfels, Texas. He is the father of three, and a proud grandfather.

Malmgren has spent 33 years teaching in public high schools. He has taught every level of English, Creative Writing, and Photojournalism. He has also coached tennis and volleyball. He plans to retire the summer of 2014, giving him more time to spend on his writing and his golf game.

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