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My Deal with the Universe

  • ISBN 9781443157568, Paperback
  • 240 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

Maybe “normal” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

All twelve year-old Daisy Fisher wants is to be normal — or at least to not stick out like a sore thumb. But growing up in the house disparagingly referred to as the “Jungle” makes that pretty much impossible. When your parents’ activism brands them as a nuisance and your house is overrun with vines and critters, it’s not so easy to fit in. And it definitely doesn’t help when the neighbours declare your family public enemy number one. Or when your best (and possibly only) friend leaves for summer camp and forgets you exist. Or when your twin brother’s cancer might be growing back.

Will this be the summer Daisy changes things for the better? She can’t help where she lives, but if she could find a new friend, cultivate some courage, and figure out a way to keep her brother healthy, maybe life will finally be normal. Or will it?

An extraordinary new novel from acclaimed author Deborah Kerbel.

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Selling Points

• Distinct, endearing characters that are charming and true.
• A skilled author who gets better with every title
• Characters standing up for differences/individuality set examples for diversity and tolerance.


  • Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2020
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2020
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2020
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2018

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