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Six Impossible Things

By Dr Fiona Wood

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: United States, 06 September 2016
In this charming story of one guy's efforts to get it together when his life is falling apart, award-winning author Fiona Wood introduces an irresistible voice and a delightfully awkward character who is impossible to forget.1. Kiss Estelle.2. Get a job.3. Cheer my mother up.4. Try not to be a complete nerd/loser.5. Talk to my father when he calls.6. Figure out how to be good.Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a whole heap of problems, including a reversal of family fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and a massive crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things....

About the Author

Fiona Wood lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first novel, Six Impossible Things, was short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers). Wildlife, her first novel published in the United States, was named the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers) and was short-listed for various other awards.

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Praise for "Six Impossible Things" * "Told in Dan's voice, the narrative reveals a young man whose sardonic view of himself and those around him provides an amused but angst-filled tone. There is situational humor, as well, in cinematic-like scenes, particularly in the classroom... Imagery is another of this novel's strengths. Dan expresses his outsider status as being like a lemon rolling down an apple chute... The story's charming and unique characters really carry the day. Readers will care about the teens who struggle to come of age." ""VOYA" (starred review)"" "With sensitivity and humor, Wood (Wildlife) traces the roller-coaster life of a boy in the midst of significant upheaval. Dan's honesty, smarts, and earnest efforts to do good may not earn him any popularity points at school, but they will win readers' affection and admiration." ""PW""" "Australian author Wood ("Wildlife," 2014) has created a pitch-perfect teen voice in Dan's first-person narrative. He's by turns sorrowful, impulsive, caring, and funny, with occasionally brilliant turns of phrase: "I feel like a lemon rolling down the apple chute." It's refreshing to see a romance from a teen boy's perspective, and Dan is a Romeo to root for." ""Booklist""" "I loved this book so much I wanted to be in it."--Kaz Cooke, author of Girl Stuff and Women's Stuff "An engaging, funny, touching and oh-so-real feeling tale. Teen characters in a romance have not felt so alive to me since I read Eleanor & Park."--Josh Sundquist, author of We Should Hang Out Sometime and Just Don't Fall "Readers will fall hard for this total (and totally adorable) nerd...[Dan is a] truly decent and funny protagonist."--Horn Book "This romance is effervescent and sweet, but it offers welcome substance along with the sparkle."--Kirkus Reviews "Australian author Wood (Wildlife, 2014) has created a pitch-perfect teen voice in Dan's first-person narrative. He's by turns sorrowful, impulsive, caring, and funny, with occasionally brilliant turns of phrase: "I feel like a lemon rolling down the apple chute." It's refreshing to see a romance from a teen boy's perspective, and Dan is a Romeo to root for."--Booklist "With sensitivity and humor, Wood (Wildlife) traces the roller-coaster life of a boy in the midst of significant upheaval. Dan's honesty, smarts, and earnest efforts to do good may not earn him any popularity points at school, but they will win readers' affection and admiration."--PW "School dances, first dates, and sneaking out are just some of the high school hijinks that are humorously depicted with a fresh perspective...Snappy dialogue, charming characters, even pacing, and poignant sentence-level writing make this offering a must-have."--SLJ Praise for Six Impossible Things * "Told in Dan's voice, the narrative reveals a young man whose sardonic view of himself and those around him provides an amused but angst-filled tone. There is situational humor, as well, in cinematic-like scenes, particularly in the classroom... Imagery is another of this novel's strengths. Dan expresses his outsider status as being like a lemon rolling down an apple chute... The story's charming and unique characters really carry the day. Readers will care about the teens who struggle to come of age."--VOYA (starred review) "I loved this book so much I wanted to be in it." Kaz Cooke, author of Girl Stuff and Women's Stuff"

EAN: 9780316299411
ISBN: 0316299413
Publisher: Poppy Books
Dimensions: 20.83 x 13.72 x 2.29 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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