Biology is not Dree's thing. Equally heinous are English, Social Studies, her sister and mother, not to mention Edmonton in general. Toronto is where she belongs — specifically the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair where, finally, her crafts will be appreciated. But escape is imminent: on her fifteenth birthday, she will get the special fund her father promised, and the day after that, she'll be on WestJet Flight 233 to Toronto. Instead, her dad has a fatal heart attack, and all she finds are clues leading to the ominous Alberta Psychiatric Hospital where her parents once worked. Along the way: a couple of fatal fires, mysterious inconsistencies in the family tree, nineteen sassy sock creatures named Marcel, a new friend, a stepmother who’s maybe sympathetic after all, and the unceasing misery of school. As Dree tries to unearth a mystery, and to knit herself a passing mark in science, she keeps searching for the money, and for a proper way to grieve her father. Told in a fresh and frank voice, The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1 to 19 is a wry, adventurous, unflinching look at the trials of teenage life. Instructions for renegade crafts included.