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Nix Minus One

by Jill MacLean

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siblings, self-esteem & self-reliance, death & dying
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list price: $21.95
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published: Feb 2013
ISBN:9781927485248
publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
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Fifteen-year-old Nix Humbolt doesn't talk much. He's barely outgrown his "Fatty Humbolt" days, and although he is taller and leaner now, he has learned it is best to keep a low profile. He dreams about his only friend's girl, but of course she is hopelessly out of his league. Lonely and introverted, he is happiest in his father's woodworking shop, where he builds exquisite boxes and tables. The only battles Nix fights are on his Xbox - until the day he finds the guts to fight for Swiff Dunphy's neglected dog. Then there is Roxy, Nix's spirited older sister who always knows just how to get what she wants. But the guy she wants is seriously toxic, and even Nix can see that she is headed for disaster. All Nix can do is cover for her when she breaks curfew or comes home drunk. But this time Roxy is about to spiral out of control and change all their lives forever. And there is nothing he can do to stop it.

About the Author

Jill MacLean

Lifelong poet and writer Jill MacLean took the literary world by storm when she began writing for children in 2008. Her honors include the Ann Connor Brimer and Red Cedar book awards, the IBBY Honor List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor list, and the VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers list. Nix Minus One was a White Ravens Choice, a PW "Best New Books" pick; it won the Ann Connor Brimer Award and was nominated for the CLA Young Adult Book Award.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 15
Grade:
7 to 11
Awards
  • Short-listed, Snow Willow Award, Saskatchewan
  • , White Ravens selection
  • Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award
  • Commended, Bank Street Best books of the Year for Children and Young Adults
  • Winner, Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association Young Adult Best Bets
  • Short-listed, White Pine Fiction Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Publishers Weekly Best New Books Selection
  • Short-listed, Resource Links Year's Best Selection
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
Editorial Reviews

YAs who are drawn to contemporary fiction and verse novels won't want to miss this . . .

— Booklist

[A] sensitive story . . . Beautifully descriptive . . .

— The Calgary Herald

Readers used to a diet of cliché-ridden YA fiction will enjoy this refreshing take on the teenage plight . . . [T]he hard-won hopefulness of Nix's growth will linger with them long after the poetry ends.

— School Library Journal

The story is complex and engaging, and the deep themes make this an excellent novel for study and discussion

— Canadian Children's Book News

. . . a story about a young man finding out who he really is. A strong book.

— CBC summer Book Panel

The novel's strength comes from the authenticity of Nix's emotional evolution . . . This is an absorbing, emotionally resonant book.

— Quill & Quire

As Nix struggles to find his voice, MacLean soothes us with the gorgeousness of her writing, the spare but perfect free verse of this unforgettable gem.

— Open Book Toronto

MacLean has produced another wonderful novel. She is to be applauded for respecting her readership and refusing to shy away from difficult topics . . . **Highly Recommended.**

— CM Magazine

[MacLean's] writing is strong and fluid but laced with vulnerability.

— CanLit for LittleCanadians

. . . a well-paced story that will leave readers thoroughly engaged with the characters.

— The Montreal Gazette

. . . an exceptional novel that is not to be missed.

— Winnipeg Free Press

This meticulously-crafted novel-in-verse is as finely-honed as one of Nix's own woodworking projects . . . While Nix struggles to find his voice, MacLean's impeccable poetry - spare, evocative, and affecting - enables readers to enter into his mind and heart. And they will be amply rewarded by the experience.

— Atlantic Books Today

Well-crafted and intense, an engrossing family drama in which both young and old learn what it means to grow up.

— Kirkus

Writing with careful, evocative language, MacLean explores love in myriad forms.

— Publishers Weekly

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