PLEASE RETURN TO: Norbert M. Finkelstein

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Pub Date 10 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 03 Sep 2019

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Have you ever wondered, “What in the world is my teacher thinking?” You may not know it, but this very journal you now hold in your hands is the key to answering your question once and for all. As long as you can keep a few secrets. Mr. Finkelstein is your average middle school English teacher…who just happens to moonlight as a professional wrestler. Norbie would like to keep this little part of his life a secret. He’d much rather endure the daily bullying he takes from students like Jimmy Baker, a world-class bubblegum flinger, and perform as the personal gopher for inept colleagues like Coach Seam and Principal Rubrick. It’s easier that way. Out of the spotlight and under the radar: the story of Norbert’s life.But when he decides to throw his weight around in the ring so he can afford to send his always-supportive mother on a dream vacation to the Greek Isles, a past life and his squandered talent rise up to haunt him. Between his brutal training sessions with Sensei Clement, and the threats he receives from a shifty fight promoter named Joey Happenstance, Norbert must wrestles his way up the ranks by pinning an entire cast of zany opponents. But it takes a lonely student named Maya and Norbie’s secret crush, the school librarian Ms. Gluten, to help him find his true passion and the courage to face his toughest competition yet.

Have you ever wondered, “What in the world is my teacher thinking?” You may not know it, but this very journal you now hold in your hands is the key to answering your question once and for all. As...


A Note From the Publisher

Although you’ll never catch Frank Morelli without a baseball hat on his head, he has actually worn various hats in his time. He’s been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel salesman, a bus driver, a postal employee, a JC Penney model (see: clerk), a camp counselor, a roving sports reporter, and a nuclear physicist (okay, that’s not true). At heart, he’s a writer, and that’s all he’s ever been. Frank is the author of the young adult novel, No Sad Songs (2018). His short fiction and essays have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia Stories, Jersey Devil Press, Change Seven Magazine, and Indiana Voice Journal, among others. His short story “In the Pen” was shortlisted for the 2015 Earl Weaver Prize, awarded annually by Cobalt Review. He was named a finalist in the 11th Annual NYC Midnight Short Story Competition. He has written numerous articles and essays for the young adult and children’s market, including features in Highlights for Children Magazine, Stories for Children, Youth Imagination Magazine, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Frank is a Philadelphia native who graduated from Albright College with a degree in English, and moved to New York City to become a teaching fellow. He earned an MFA in Fiction from National University while living in a house under the trees with his best friend and muse, their obnoxious alley cat, and two hundred pounds worth of dog. You can connect with him on Twitter @frankmoewriter.

Although you’ll never catch Frank Morelli without a baseball hat on his head, he has actually worn various hats in his time. He’s been a teacher, a coach, a bagel builder, a stock boy, a pretzel...


Advance Praise

"No matter how long it's been since you were in middle school, Morelli picks you up in a time machine and takes you back there. And once you arrive, it will be impossible not to recognize yourself and countless others to some degree or another. Funny, heartwarming, and real. Your kids are going to love it!" R.J. Fox -author of Tales from the Dorkside

“Frank Morelli’s books make me laugh and cry at the same time – my very favorite kind of book.” Lisa Kline “Frank Morelli has done it again – given us an indelible and lovable character with a hilarious voice. Norbert M. Finkelstein is the big-hearted middle school teacher and wrestling coach with a secret identity. What will happen if his students find out who he really is? With nonstop action and uproarious humor, Please Return To will have readers hooked.” Lisa Williams Kline -author of One Week of You and others

"No matter how long it's been since you were in middle school, Morelli picks you up in a time machine and takes you back there. And once you arrive, it will be impossible not to recognize yourself...


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Norbert is a real softy, and I mean it in the sweetest way possible - he's a lovely and kind English teacher with a lot of pets, incredible shyness and a few extra pounds of weight. But he's not all soft - he's got a secret tough side, which is that he's actually a pro wrestler at night. He works as one trying to get a dream trip to Greece for his mother, in the true softy fashion (he is ADORABLE.) We follow Norbert through his journey of finding himself and his strength - also friends and respect from his students and workmates. It's a really really adorable story which made me feel all warm inside. It's also got these cute drawings! I read it in an evening and it was definitely worth my time - it made my blue mood go away for sure ❤️ I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook through NetGalley. It has not affected my opinion.

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