Carrie Mac
The Opposite of Tidy

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How do you come clean when your life is a mess?

Fifteen-year-old Junie is barely coping. Her mother has started sleeping in the chair in front of the TV, and the house is so packed with junk, newspapers, cupboard organizers and other helpful items from the Shopping Channel that she can barely get in the front door. Her father is no help, since he's always with That Woman. To top it off, she's failing math.

So when Wade Jaffre, the hot new guy at school, offers her a ride home from school, it seems too good to be true. Junie surprises herself by accepting — and even talking! But as they approach her house, her parents are outside, screaming at each other. Junie doesn't have to think twice about directing him on to her best friend Tabitha's house, nor about continuing the charade of pretending she lives there.

Tabitha and her mother are understanding — and willing to go along, for the moment. But as the weeks go by, Junie's lies start piling up and the opportunity to tell the truth seems to slip away. Until the day Junie's world — and her mother's — is literally turned inside out for the world to see, and Junie and her mother must face the consequences of her mother's illness ... and the lies they both told to hide it.

Praise for Carrie Mac's The Gryphon Project: :

"The Gryphon Project is, in essence, an adventure story, an exciting tale that young readers will easily latch on to... Although the novel is set in a seemingly distant world, readers will relate to the wide range of characters dealing with similar issues to their own: shifting friendships, budding romantic relationships, and the struggle to keep a family together during times of hardship and grief." —Quill & Quire

"Part sci-fi, part thriller and part mystery, The Gryphon Project is another heart-stopping novel that will keep readers thinking long beyond completion of the book" —The Canadian Children's Book News

Genre/Category: YA fiction
Length: 288 pp
Period: Contemporary
Publication Date: April 2012

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Carrie Mac

Award-winning author Carrie Mac is well-known for her adeptness at captivating young adult audiences; she has written nine books for young adults, and won the 2010 Sheila A. Egoff Book Prize for her most recent work, The Gryphon Project. When Mac isn't writing, she is serving the public through her work as a paramedic. She lives with her family in Vancouver, BC.

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