My Life as an Alphabet
"This isn't just about me. It's also about the other people in my life - my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my penpal Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish and Douglas Benson From Another Dimension.
These are people (with the exception of Earth-Pig Fish, who is a fish) who have shaped me, made me what I am. I cannot recount my life without recounting elements of theirs.
This is a big task, but I am confident I am up to it."
Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little...odd.
But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to 'fix' all the problems of all the people (and pets) in her life.
Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, My Life as an Alphabet is a delightful novel about an unusual girl who goes to great lengths to bring love and laughter into the lives of everyone she cares about.
Winner, Children's Peace Literature Awards - Older Readers, 2013
Winner, Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Writing for Young Adults, 2014
Short-listed, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013
Short-listed, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Children's Literature, 2014
Short-listed, CBCA Award for Younger Readers, 2014
Short-listed, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2014
Short-listed, REAL (Reading and Enjoying Literature) Award, Fiction for Years 7 - 9, 2014
Short-listed, Territory Read Awards, Children's Literature/Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Winner, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013
Short-listed, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Prize for Children's Fiction, 2014
Winner, Territory Read Awards, Children's Literature/Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Short-listed, WA Premier's Book Awards, Writing for Young Adults, 2014
'My Life as an Alphabet is executed with both humour and heart, despite its deceptive simplicity. Candice Phee is pitch-perfect as an unusual mind experiencing the trials of adolescence, with the added difficulties of family conflict. Barry Jonsberg refuses to diagnose her, so we meet her as a person, not a condition, and her literal approach to human complexity makes for hilarious reading.
Jonsberg’s touch is light, his approach intelligent, and his themes of love, grief and loyalty are universal.' - Judges's Report Wheeler Centre