Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen
Written by Glen Huser
Publication Date July 31, 2006
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?
Short-listed for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2007
Short-listed for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize 2007
Short-listed for the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award 2008
Long-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award 2008
Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 2006
Long-listed for the OLA Red Maple Award 2008
Selected for the CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection) 2007
Selected for the Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List 2007
Selected for the OLA Best Bets - Top 10 Fiction for Young Adults 2007
Selected for the SSLI Honor Book 2007
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, a picture-book retelling of the myth of Demeter and Persephone (with a CD featuring a 180-voice children’s chorus).
"...[Huser]'s portrait of two outsiders is an affecting and involving one...The road trip is entertaining, and revelatory, and Huser realistically gives his heroines only some of what they wish for." Horn Book
"Both characters emerge as strongly sympathetic rebels; readers will applaud their outlaw partnership and be glad that Tamara, at least, receives forgiveness and a fresh start." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is a super cross-generations book!...This is a well-done story with strong characters who will appeal to middle school readers." Library Media Connection