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A Different Kind of Beauty

by (author) Sylvia McNicoll

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Nov 2003
Dogs, Adolescence
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2003
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


In Bringing Up Beauty, Elizabeth had her heart broken over the lab puppy she raised for - and returned to - a guide dog program. In A Different Kind of Beauty, she's trying again. But this time, she vows, she won't fall in love. She'll have fun, sure, but she won't surrender to those big soulful eyes and goofy puppy love. Hmmm... is it Beauty II she's resisting, or Scott, the former" boyfriend who just keeps hanging around?

About the author

Sylvia McNicoll wrote her first book, Blueberries and Whipped Cream, as a project for a college writing course in order to explore a tragedy that occurred in her own high school. She went on to teach creative writing at that same college for nine years, edit a parenting magazine for another eight years and write 29 more novels for a variety of age groups.
Most acclaimed are her three dog guide fostering stories: Bringing Up Beauty, Beauty Returns and A Different Kind of Beauty, which won and were nominated for many children's choice awards. Last Chance for Paris, her adventure book set on the ice fields of Columbia, explored ecological issues with glaciers before climate warming became a popular issue.
Her recent novel, Crush. Candy. Corpse, tells the story about a teen on trial for the manslaughter of an Alzheimer's patient. Reviewers and bloggers have declared it a must read for all high school students. In her thirtieth book Death Goes Viral, already a blockbuster hit in Norway, Sweden and Finland, Sylvia returns to the theme of life and death and the values our own mortality inspires in us.

Sylvia McNicoll's profile page

Editorial Reviews

". . . a heartwarming coming-of-age story for young teens . . . McNicoll creates a cast of characters with depth and emotion that teens are sure to love."
School Library Journal

"This is fast-paced, light reading with simple vocabulary in a conversational style, perfect for reluctant readers."
CM Magazine

"...a heartwarming coming-of-age story for young teens...McNicoll creates a cast of characters with depth and emotion that teens are sure to love."
Voice of Youth Advocates

"...a heartwarming story with delightful touches of humour that leave readers with a better understanding of how the human soul can cope with anything."
The Calgary Herald

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