My Life as an Alphabet
PUBLICATION FEBRUARY 2012
Candice Phee wants to bring light and laughter to those around her, and somehow she succeeds despite the bizarre mix-ups and the confusion she effortlessly creates. An uplifting comedy-drama from award-winning author, Barry Jonsberg.
Winner, Children's Peace Literature Awards - Older Readers, 2013
Winner, Victorian Premier's Literary Award, Writing for Young Adults, 2014
Short-listed, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013
Short-listed, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Children's Literature, 2014
Short-listed, CBCA Award for Younger Readers, 2014
Short-listed, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2014
Short-listed, REAL (Reading and Enjoying Literature) Award, Fiction for Years 7 - 9, 2014
Short-listed, Territory Read Awards, Children's Literature/Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Winner, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013
Short-listed, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Prize for Children's Fiction, 2014
Winner, Territory Read Awards, Children's Literature/Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Short-listed, WA Premier's Book Awards, Writing for Young Adults, 2014
'My Life as an Alphabet is executed with both humour and heart, despite its deceptive simplicity. Candice Phee is pitch-perfect as an unusual mind experiencing the trials of adolescence, with the added difficulties of family conflict. Barry Jonsberg refuses to diagnose her, so we meet her as a person, not a condition, and her literal approach to human complexity makes for hilarious reading.
Jonsberg’s touch is light, his approach intelligent, and his themes of love, grief and loyalty are universal.' - Judges's Report Wheeler Centre
Barry Jonsberg is the author of The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull, It's Not All About YOU, Calma!, Dreamrider, Cassie (Girlfriend Fiction) and Being Here.