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Children's Fiction Adolescence

How to Survive Absolutely Anything

by (author) Helaine Becker

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
Adolescence, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 7
  • Reading age: 14 to 18


Fourteen-year-old Bonnie has started a new advice blog with her best friend Jen, dedicated to surviving the horrors of junior high In the middle of an enormous family, with "half sibs, step-sibs, half-step-step sibs, half sibs of your half sibs who are not your sibs at all but somehow wind up barfing on your bed anyway," she escapes to record her private thoughts in an 'offline' journal as well But trouble looms for Bonnie in the form of Carter, her new stepbrother, with whom she has a strained relationship And Jen has to deal with her mother Tina, a single mother battling an alcohol addiction, and caring for her baby sister Julia

About the author


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

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How to Survive Absolutely Anything

Fourteen-year-old Bonnie and her friend Jen decide to create a blog to help other teenagers survive the terrible teen years. But giving advice turns out to be a lot more than Bonnie and Jen bargained for. Their own lives are pretty challenging with way too many siblings, troubled parents, boys that don’t call back and the normal general mayhem that surrounds teenagers. Can Bonnie and Jen’s friendship survive?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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