- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Second Story Press (March 7 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1772600261
- ISBN-13: 978-1772600261
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.1 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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January 16, 2017
Suze Tamaki was three years old when her mother, Caroline, walked out on the family. Now, 10 years later, Caroline has returned to Victoria, B.C., ready to get to know Suze and her older sister, Tracie. After Caroline left, Tracie and Suze made a pact, promising never to speak to their mother again. Suze is secretly curious about Caroline, but Tracie is holding her to their promise, so Suze keeps her meetings with Caroline a secret. Suze is also balancing problems with friends and at school: Suze keeps getting sent to the office, and her grades are average at best, though Suze’s English teacher sees her potential, moving her into an honors class. Anthony’s (The Right & the Real) characters, both central and secondary, are fully dimensional, and Suze and Caroline’s frustrations are realistically portrayed as they make awkward attempts at a fresh start (such as when Caroline unthinkingly gives Suze a gift basket that includes a bottle of Prosecco). Suze’s dry—borderline sardonic—narration makes for thoroughly entertaining reading as Anthony sympathetically explores the vulnerability of the early teen years. Ages 9–13. (Publishers Weekly 2017-01-16)
A Month of Mondays is an intensely readable novel. It is full of fun, bright and natural dialogue. It has a lovable underdog narrator, someone to whom many readers will relate. Highly Recommended. (CM: Canadian Review of Materials)
A solid story that explores themes of family, abandonment, and belonging. (Kirkus Reviews)
Suze Tamaki is a Grade 7 slacker whose wry observations about the world around her make her both loveable and relatable. (Quill & Quire 2017-01-01)
[Joëlle Anthony] has created an engaging narrator bound to resonate with readers. Suze is half Anglo, half Japanese, and a Canadian tween through and through. Her missteps, hesitations, and assumptions are universal, and when she faces her toughest challenges, she takes messy but brave leaps that leave her a little more mature than the day before. (Booklist)
Anthony’s characters, both central and secondary, are fully dimensional, and Suze and Caroline’s frustrations are realistically portrayed as they make awkward attempts at a fresh start... Suze’s dry—borderline sardonic—narration makes for thoroughly entertaining reading as Anthony sympathetically explores the vulnerability of the early teen years. (Publishers Weekly)
It’s nice to see a kid who neither has it all together or sits at the bottom of the heap... Suze is probably more like most kids, at neither extreme but somewhere in the middle, just trying to make sense of the people and circumstances of her life. She may not always choose well–her recurrent trips to the principal’s office attest to that–and may get distracted and discouraged but she keeps on plugging away.... And Joëlle Anthony ensures the reader comes away with a lesson in stick-with-it-ness, demonstrating that things always resolve themselves somehow, sometimes more and sometimes less positively than you might imagine. (CanLit for Little Canadians)
Suze is believable, funny and appealing. Early teen readers (9-12) will identify with the misdemeanours that keep her a frequent visitor to the principal’s office and with her efforts to understand a mother she hasn’t seen since she was two. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Joëlle Anthony’s has written a complex and heartwarming story that focuses on the impact of parental abandonment, complicated family relationships and healing. There is a great cast of quirky characters, who are believable and well-crafted. (Children's Books Heal)
Readers will discover that Suze Tamaki is a courageous and admirable heroine who gives them insight into what it is really like to be in middle school. (Resource Links)
As real as it is heartfelt. When 13-year-old Suze hears her mother's voice for the first time in ten years, she's torn between an oath she made to her sister and overwhelming curiosity. A Month of Mondays is a tender story of a girl's desire to heal her family. (Suzanne Selfors, author of the Ever After High School stories)See all Product description
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The story centres on Suze, a grade seven student with an older sister, who is being raised by a single father. Suze isn't your typical student and often finds herself in trouble. She's rebellious but so smart she doesn't know it. When she is thrust into an Honours English class at the same time her estranged mother all of a sudden pops back into her life, Suze's world is turned on its head.
Anthony has given us a very real character in Suze. Suze is far from perfect, doesn't realize her potential, and is fierce in her friendships and her love for her family. You just can't help but root for her. A fun and layered read that's perfect for your back to school reading list. Set in Victoria, BC, Anthony was not afraid to write a story set in a Canadian city with universal appeal. Great for tweens, teens, young adults, and the young at heart.