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Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen

Written by Huser

For students in grades 7 - 10 | Published July 31, 2006 | ISBN 9781554980611
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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192 pages
Digital Format

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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
...[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.
  • Short-listed Sheila A. Egoff ChildrenOs Literature Prize, 2007
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2007
  • Short-listed Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, 2008