About this book
Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen
At fifteen, Tamara has survived the foster-care system through brains, will and attitude. Now there's high school to get through, along with her teacher's latest community project -- volunteering at the local seniors' home. Tamara doubts she can endure either the residents or the smells.
Then she's assigned to Jean Barclay, a cranky, wealthy and frail former schoolteacher. As the two size one another up, they realize each is the key to achieving their own very different goals. Miss Barclay wants to attend an opera in Seattle -- a trip doctors insist she's too weak to undertake. Tamara wants to enroll in modeling school in Vancouver -- an expense she can't begin to afford. They plan the road trip of a lifetime -- but can these two bossy, manipulative women keep from throttling each other before their goals are realized?
About the Author
Glen Huser’s novels include Touch of the Clown (shortlisted for the Mr. Christie’s Book Award), Stitches (winner of the Governor General’s Award) and Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen (nominated for the Governor General’s Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award). A former teacher-librarian in Edmonton, Glen has taught writing for children at the University of British Columbia. He recently explored his passion for musical theater in Time for Flowers, Time for Snow and The Golden Touch, picture-book retellings of the myths of Demeter and Persephone, and King Midas, respectively.
Awards and Praise
- Long-listed Chocolate Lily Award, 2008
- Long-listed OLA Red Maple Award, 2008
- Short-listed Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, 2008
- Commended Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List, 2007
- Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2007
- Commended SSLI Honor Book, 2007
- Short-listed Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, 2007
- Commended CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection), 2007
- Commended OLA Best Bets - Top 10 Fiction for Young Adults, 2007
- Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Text, 2006