Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
Maybe “normal” isn't all it's cracked up to be.
All twelve year-old Daisy Fisher wants is to be normal — or at least to not stick out like a sore thumb. But growing up in the house disparagingly referred to as the “Jungle” makes that pretty much impossible. When your parents' activism brands them as a nuisance and your house is overrun with vines and critters, it's not so easy to fit in. And it definitely doesn't help when the neighbours declare your family public enemy number one. Or when your best (and possibly only) friend leaves for summer camp and forgets you exist. Or when your twin brother's cancer might be growing back.
Will this be the summer Daisy changes things for the better? She can't help where she lives, but if she could find a new friend, cultivate some courage, and figure out a way to keep her brother healthy, maybe life will finally be normal. Or will it?
An extraordinary new novel from acclaimed author Deborah Kerbel.
About the author
Deborah Kerbel is the author of several picture books, including Before You Were Born, When Molly Drew Dogs, and the award-winning Sun Dog, as well as novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Born in London, England, she moved to Canada at the age of two and went on to attend the University of Western Ontario. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year, and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. Deborah lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, two book-loving children, and a schnoodle named Alfredo.
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice)
- Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
- Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
- Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year
Praise for My Deal with the Universe:Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2020Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2020Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2020Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2018