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The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1 to 19 [Paperback]

Jocelyn Brown

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Book Description

April 15 2009

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Coach House Books (April 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552452093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552452097
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 15.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #838,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Every now and then, a novel that is as solid as steel lands in readers' hands. A novel needs the right proportion of its own hardening agents to deliver on the page. The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1-19 is such a book ... Jocelyn Brown's young-adult novel and its characters possess a firm cell structure, hip-swinging hilarity and the full range of emotional rotation ... be very excited about the arrival of a major Canadian writer.' — Vancouver Sun

'Many a young reader will empathize with Dree and pull for her to succeed as she plots and crafts a series of sock puppets, all named Marcel, to symbolize the evolution of her ideas and psyche, hence the unusual title ... This thought-provoking read is highly recommended.' — VOYA


'The teenage rites-of-passage novel gets a distinctly new twist ... Kudos to Brown for turning young-adult literature inside out.'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pain was never so funny Oct. 3 2009
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A wonderful book for a teenage girl, but hysterically funny for anyone who can look back at being a teenager as well. Jocelyn Brown writes about teen angst and alienation in a true and very funny voice.

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