A Tinfoil Sky
Mel and her mother, Cecily, know what it’s like to live rough. When Cecily announces that they’ve had enough and that they are going to go home to her mother’s, Mel dreams of security, a comfortable bed, and a grandmother’s love seem to be about to come true. But her grandmother is not what Mel expects, and though the local library offers sanctuary, a real home seems beyond her grasp. A Tinfoil Sky is a hard-hitting novel that aches with longing. At its heart is a 12-year-old girl determined to beat incredible odds and steer her own destiny.
“…a highly readable, insightful, and engrossing story with a character with whom young people with similar backgrounds will identify.” – CM magazine
“…gritty, riveting” – Sherie Posesorski, National Post
Sixth-grader Gene Tucks dreads being the new kid at school and dreads even more the hundred-day journal-writing assignment her teacher has given the class. But little by little, Dear Nobody evolves into Dear Toni. And Toni becomes a best friend to whom Gene tells everything. Through Gene’s 100 entries, we come to know one of the freshest, funniest characters to grace the pages of a book in a very long time.
“Gene’s story is told in a marvelously authentic voice; delightful doodles accompany the text… A great addition to middle-grade collections.” – Kirkus Reviews
Winner, Silver Birch Award for Fiction 2010