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Title:
Six impossible things
Author:
Wood, Fiona (Fiona Anna)
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; Boston : Poppy, Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Physical Description:
282 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Fourteen-year-old Dan Cereill's life is turned upside-down when his father announces he is gay and leaves Dan and his mother with nothing, forcing them to move to an aunt's house, Dan to enroll in public school, and his mother to try to start a business, but the top thing on Dan's list is kissing Estelle, the girl next door.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.9 9.0 175323.
ISBN:
9780316242165
Format :
Book

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1. Kiss Estelle. 2. Get a job. 3. Cheer my mother up. 4. Try not to be a complete nerd/loser. 5. Talk to my father when he calls. 6. Figure out how to be good.
Nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a whole heap of problems, including a reversal of family fortune, moving, new-school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and a massive crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he's narrowed it down to just six impossible things....

In this charming story of one guy's efforts to get it together when his life is falling apart, award-winning author Fiona Wood introduces an irresistible voice and a delightfully awkward character who is impossible to forget.


Author Notes

Fiona Wood is an author of young adult novels based in Australia. She is a graduate of Melbourne University with a degree in arts. She has worked in marketing, arts management, Freelance journalism and studied screenwriting at RMIT. She has been writing television scripts for more than ten years. Her other interests include serving as a judge for the AWGIE Awards (Australian Writers' Guild) and is an ambassador for The Stella Prize Schools Program.

Her first novel was Six Impossible Things (2010). Her next novel Wildlife(2013) won the Indie Award, Young Adult, and the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Older Readers. Her third book, Cloudwish (2015), won the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Older Readers. Wild. Her book, Take Three Girls (2017), won the 2018 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award, Older Readers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It's bad enough that Dan's father has plunged his family into dire financial straits. But Dan has more than that to deal with: his dad is gay, his parents have split up, and he's stuck living in his late, great-aunt's moldering, antique-stuffed, mausoleum-like house. The saving grace is his beautiful neighbor, Estelle, whom he's already decided he loves, though he's such an oddball, his chances with her are slim. As he tries to navigate his new school, prevent his mother from tanking her burgeoning wedding-cake business, and come to terms with his dad's sudden departure, Dan is drawn awkwardly but endearingly into Estelle's orbit. Though the plot occasionally relies too much on coincidence, Australian author Wood (Wildlife, 2014) has created a pitch-perfect teen voice in Dan's first-person narrative. He's by turns sorrowful, impulsive, caring, and funny, with occasionally brilliant turns of phrase: I feel like a lemon rolling down the apple chute. It's refreshing to see a romance from a teen boy's perspective, and Dan is a Romeo to root for.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Fourteen-year-old Dan finds out just how quickly life can change when his father moves out after announcing that he's bankrupt and gay. Dan and his jobless mother move into a malodorous Victorian house they have inherited from an aunt, where things go from bad to worse. Attending public school is a nightmare for "private school refugee" Dan, and his mother can't get her wedding cake business off the ground because she keeps talking brides out of getting married. In the depth of his misery, Dan creates a list of six "impossible" desires he wants to fulfill, including getting a job, not being a "complete nerd/loser," and reconnecting with his father. At the top of his list is to "kiss Estelle," his new next-door neighbor and secret crush. With sensitivity and humor, Wood (Wildlife) traces the roller-coaster life of a boy in the midst of significant upheaval. Dan's honesty, smarts, and earnest efforts to do good may not earn him any popularity points at school, but they will win readers' affection and admiration. Ages 12-up. Agent: Cheryl Pientka, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Nerd-boy Dan is nursing a huge crush on next-door neighbor Estelle but is also coping with the dissolution of his family. His dad recently came out as gay and ruined the family's finances, leaving Dan and his mom no other choice but to live in her late great-aunt's dilapidated house in the suburbs. Meanwhile, he's discovered how compatible he and Estelle are by snooping into her diary, much to his personal shame. Trying to fit in his new school as a former private school student, finally being on speaking terms with his dad, getting a job, and kissing Estelle are just some of the six impossible things on the protagonist's wish list. Wood convincingly portrays Dan as a slightly self-centered teen who believably transforms into a more thoughtful young adult. Whether it's trying to cheer up his mom, whose wedding cake business is going to bust because she keeps convincing brides-to-be in the faultiness of marriage, or pairing up best friend Fred with new friend Lou, Dan begins to put others before himself, becoming more "good" along the way. School dances, first dates, and sneaking out are just some of the high school hijinks that are humorously depicted with a fresh perspective. Secondary characters, such as older brother-type Oliver and Estelle's biting best friend, Janie, add complexity to the narrative. This companion novel taking place before the events of the author's Wild (Little, Brown, 2014) shines on its own merit. VERDICT Snappy dialogue, charming characters, even pacing, and poignant sentence-level writing make this offering a must-have.-Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.