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Vikki VanSickle
Days That End in Y



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One week. That's all the time it takes to set your world spinning, or so Clarissa learns the summer before high school. Feeling abandoned by her friends Mattie (camp), and Benji (drama school), Clarissa discovers old high school yearbooks and stumbles upon the secret teenage life of her mother and more importantly, photos of her absentee father. So when Clarissa spots a man who looks a lot like her wayward father hanging around at one of her maybe-boyfriend Michael's baseball games, Clarissa hatches a desperate plan to meet him. Over the next handful of days Clarissa faces challenges to every relationship she cares about and is forced to make some hard decisions about who she is and the kind of person she'd like to be.


Praise for Vikki VanSickle's Days That End With Y:

Selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013)
Selection, Resource Links Magazine Best of Fiction Grades 7-12 (2013)

“Without taking easy turns, or accepting simple, happily-ever-after solutions, Clarissa muddles, fights, and breaks her way through some life-altering times in her life . . . The last few pages of Days That End in Y are especially so touching and all-around fantastic, highlighting just how awesome of a young woman Clarissa has become. I adore Clarissa’s story and VanSickle’s writing.” —Fabbity Fab Book Reviews

“Vikki VanSickle’s Clarissa and Benji are the perfect escorts for middle-grade readers to navigate those transition years . . . a series that will be greatly missed but one of which we can be proud as readers of wonderful young CanLit.” —CanLit for Little Canadians

“Clarissa is delightfully raw, honest, strong, imperfect and just so very real . . . [I] enjoyed the fact that nothing was tied up sweetly or unrealistically.”
—Misbehavin’ Librarian

“The plotline in Days That End in Y keeps the reader turning pages, is realistic, and has no easy answers or fixes. The characters are all believable, well-rounded and engaging . . . a great choice for middle school and public libraries.” —CM Magazine

Praise for Vikki VanSickle's Words That Start With B:

Shortlisted, CBA Libris Awards' Children's Book of the Year (2011)
Selection, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens (2011)
Recommended, IODE Violet Downey Book Award (2011)

"A well-crafted and enjoyable first effort from a writer who is obviously tuned into the minds and emotions of young teens." —Quill & Quire

"Clarissa and Benji offer a fresh, honest look at life as an outsider, when you don't quite belong and don't quite know who you are. They're funny and relatable and exactly the kind of characters kids should be reading in today's It Gets Better age." —CBC Books

"A fresh and honest look at a girl's school year in that wonderful, horrible, confusing time known as Grade Seven." —Canadian Bookseller Magazine

"Words That Start With B is the story of how a feisty girl battles a year of surprises, if not with grace, then with a lot of humour." —Open Book Toronto


Length: 240 pp
Setting: Small town Canada
Genre: Middle grade fiction
Period: Contemporary
Publication Date: February 1, 2013

Canadian (English, French) rights, Scholastic Canada
US (French) rights, Scholastic Canada

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.
Vikki VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Queen's University and an MA in Children's Literature from the University of British Columbia. She is an active member of the children's literature community, presenting at academic conferences, reviewing books, and managing her popular children's lit blog, pipedreaming. A former CBA award-winning bookseller, she currently splits her time between working as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada and writing.