We Are All Made of Molecules

Publisher: Tundra Books
Thirteen-year-old Stewart Inkster is academically brilliant but "ungifted" socially. Fourteen-year-old Ashley Anderson is the undisputed "It" girl of grade nine, but her marks stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. "The Brady Bunch" it isn't. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the truth behind her parents' divorce; "Spewart" could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: they--like the rest of us--are all made of molecules.
     Written in alternating voices, Susin Nielsen deftly explores family tragedy and family ties; sibling rivalry and union; and adolescent confusion and revelation.

PRAISE FOR

“The psychodrama is narrated by two kids in alternating chapters, leavened with constant, wry humor that should keep readers chuckling even as the story grapples with serious emotional issues. This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly non-stop laughs.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the story is told in alternating chapters narrated by both protagonists … Their overlapping journeys will leave readers with much to think about, as Nielsen unflinchingly tackles issues such as bullying, bigotry, and tolerance; the true nature of friendship; and what it means to be a family. The book will appeal to fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.” —School Library Journal

“No one – absolutely no one – captures the lovable flaws of the pubescent human creature like Susin Nielsen.” —The Globe and Mail



From the Hardcover edition.