Groundwood Books


Written by Lisa Moore

For students in grades 8 | Published May 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773062358

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Regular price $14.95 CAD

272 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book


Lisa Moore

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.

Written in Lisa Moore’s exuberant and inimitable style, Flannery is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing — often all on the same page. It is a novel whose spell no reader will be able to resist.


The man is holding up a tiny, delicate glass bottle. It’s shaped like a bottle but it appears to be liquid fire. It is pulsing like it is a heart, and the heart is flushing with blood that is not blood but white, boiling light with a yellow halo.

The man dips the little vessel into a vat and there’s a hiss and a cloud of smoke and he lifts the glass heart out of the vat and it’s a perfect bottle for a love potion. [166-67]

About the Author

Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. February won CBC’s Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean region), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Her most recent work is a collection of short stories called Something for Everyone. Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Awards and Praise

Praise for Lisa Moore and Flannery:

Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
Longlisted for theInternational Dublin Literary Award

“Smart, bold, heartbreaking — sophisticated teen readers will be wowed.” — Kirkus, starred review

Flannery is perfectly planted in the sweet spot of YA writing. It’s good for the smart literary teen and the teen who plows through salacious bestsellers. It’s also for the adult who wants to remember how hard and how beautiful it was to be a teenager. This one is highly recommended.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“An engaging story and strong purchase with some valuable lessons about love, friendship, and growing up.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“More than a teen romance, this poignant, intimate novel is a thoughtful, mature exploration of the joys — and hazards — of love of all sorts.” — Horn Book, starred review

“Older teens will identify closely with brave, vulnerable Flannery in her witty, edgy coming-of-age narrative.” — Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Moore’s vivid writing and keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics bring this to life.” — Booklist

“Flannery remains precocious and independent, a pragmatic heroine with a fierce attitude, quiet patience, and indomitable survival instinct.” — Publishers Weekly

"The book will appeal to fans of contemporary romance as well as realistic fiction. The strong sense of place gives Flannery a particularly Canadian flavour, but the universal themes will make it relevant to high school students everywhere. A fast-moving, engaging novel, Flannery is a must for high school libraries. Highly recommended." — Canadian Review of Materials

"Thoughtful readers who appreciated Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell . . . will find much to love in Flannery." — VOYA Magazine

"Flannery is a brilliant Young Adult novel — no matter how old you are." — Atlantic Books Today

"Flannery is a fully realized and nuanced protagonist, contradictory in all the most consistent ways." — The National Post

"Reading Flannery is a compelling, heady experience, and the heroine – thoughtful, flawed, brave and funny – will stay with the reader long after the book’s very satisfying ending." — National Reading Campaign Readerly

"Lisa Moore . . . does a masterful job of evoking the perils of adolescence in her first YA novel." — Montreal Gazette

"A quiet, insightful, poignant read that, much like Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness, could easily fall into the teen or adult category." — The Globe and Mail