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Young Adult Fiction Coming Of Age

Bliss Adair and the First Rule of Knitting

by (author) Jean Mills

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Coming of Age
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12


"Storytelling at its finest."
-- Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor

Sixteen-year-old ace knitter and equation wiz, Bliss Adair, runs the Help Desk at her parents' yarn store and has no difficulty solving the most challenging math problems. But she discovers that helping her friends isn't anything like fixing a knitting mistake or prepping for a math contest. Should she get involved when giving advice could get her into trouble? But what if she doesn't? And does the first rule of knitting - don't look too far ahead - always apply to life?

For Bliss, coming of age means sorting out the complex threads of all sorts of situations in this contemporary read about friendships, mathematics, yarn, and love.

About the author

Jean Mills
is celebrated for two previous Young Adult novels, Skating Over Thin Ice and Larkin on the Shore — which won the 2020 Whippoorwill Award honoring "young adult literature that sings the authentic stories of rural people and places."

Jean spends her winters in Guelph, Ontario and the rest of the time in Pugwash, Nova Scotia.

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