Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
2011 - Children's Book Council of Australia Award Nominee for Older Readers Book of the Year
Dan is a high school boy struggling with a move, reversal of fortune, and self-imposed estrangement from his father. His mother alternates between depression and determination about her struggling wedding cake business, and Dan is trying hard not to notice the girl next door - and failing. He doesn't have the funds to maintain many activities with his friends, and life is just far more difficult than it was before.
In a sort of male Cinderella story, but with far more introspection and wit, Fiona Wood makes readers care about this protagonist who is struggling to keep it together.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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