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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library Y POL (Text) 33500013171418 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781499808087
  • ISBN: 1499808089
  • Physical Description: 388 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Yellow Jacket, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Fourteen-year-old Max records his efforts to control his anorexia in a therapist-prescribed journal that also chronicles his parents' difficult relationship and his feelings for a new girl at school, Evie.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10-14.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2
    *Starred Review* For 14-year-old bird enthusiast Max Howarth, life is a challenge not only because he has family issues but also because he's anorexic. He thinks about food 16 hours a day, and despite all the knowledge he has about his illness, its grip grows increasingly tighter. His journal—addressed to "Ana," whose voice taunts him at every turn—is filled with his most intimate feelings about himself and the people and events in his life. Max's journal entries alternate with the narrative and teem with questions and emotions he can't otherwise express. One devastating emotion he wrestles with is loss. He feels his eating disorder is alienating him from his best friends. He also blames himself when his older brother moves out of the house and his parents' relationship shows signs of crumbling. It takes the attention of a new classmate, Evie, to bring Max's spiraling situation into focus and force him to decide to save his life. Max is a thoughtful, appealing narrator to whom readers will relate, and his story brings attention to an illness most commonly associated with girls and older teens or adults. This no-holds-barred debut novel based on the author's own experiences as a tween will be a significant addition to any library's middle-grade or teen collection. Grades 6-9. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Samuel Pollen grew up in Cheshire, United Kingdom, and now lives in London. His debut novel is an enthralling, touching and uplifting book, based on his own experience with anorexia.

When he's not writing books, Sam works as a copywriter. And when he's not writing at all, he runs, bakes, and crochets. You can find out more at

Subject: Anorexia nervosa > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Juvenile fiction.
Diaries > Juvenile fiction.
Anorexia nervosa > Fiction.
Family life > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Diaries > Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION > Social Themes > Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance.
Anorexia nervosa.
Interpersonal relations.
Anorexia nervosa > Juvenile fiction.
Diaries > Juvenile fiction.
Anorexia nervosa > Fiction.
Family life > Fiction.
Diaries > Fiction.
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance.
Diary fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Juvenile works.
Young adult works.
Diary fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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