Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean

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


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 Jill MacLean

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Jill MacLean began writing for children later in life but she has quickly made her mark. Among her many awards and honors are an Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading nomination for every one of her titles and an Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature for both The Nine Lives of Travis Keating and The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy; the latter was also shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Born in Berkshire, England, Jill has been smitten with Atlantic Canada since she moved there at the age of nine. Today she lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and divides her time between writing novels, giving school presentations, and pursuing her love of nature.
Published July 1, 2013 by Pajama Press. 296 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction
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on May 08 2013

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

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