Nix Minus One cover

By Jill MacLean

Nix Minus One

An exquisite middle-grade novel by the award-winning Jill MacLean

Fifteen-year-old Nix Humbolt doesn’t talk much. He’s barely outgrown his “Fatty Humbolt” days, and although he is taller and leaner now, he has learned it is best to keep a low profile. He dreams about his only friend’s girl, but of course she is hopelessly out of his league. Lonely and introverted, he is happiest in his father’s woodworking shop, where he builds exquisite boxes and tables. The only battles Nix fights are on his Xbox – until the day he finds the guts to fight for Swiff Dunphy’s neglected dog. Then there is Roxy, Nix’s spirited older sister who always knows just how to get what she wants. But the guy she wants is seriously toxic, and even Nix can see that she is headed for disaster. All Nix can do is cover for her when she breaks curfew or comes home drunk. But this time Roxy is about to spiral out of control and change all their lives forever. And there is nothing he can do to stop it.

“Well-crafted and intense, an engrossing family drama in which both young and old learn what it means to grow up.”—Kirkus Reviews

Available In

Hardback

Ages 12-15
ISBN: 978-1-927485-24-8
List Price: $21.95 CAD / $21.95 USD
Hardback
Trim Size: 5.77 x 7.78 inches / 14.6558 x 19.7612cm
Pages: 296

Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Distributed in the U.S. by Orca Book Publishers

Carton Quantity: 32

Paperback / softback

Ages 12-15
ISBN: 978-1-927485-25-5
List Price: $14.95 CAD / $14.95 USD
Paperback / softback
Trim Size: 5.50 x 7.50 inches / 13.97 x 19.05cm
Pages: 296

Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Distributed in the U.S. by Orca Book Publishers

Carton Quantity: 48

About this book

Awards and Honours

  • 2014 White Ravens selection (Winner)
  • 2014 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature (Winner) (Canada)
  • 2013 Publishers Weekly Best New Books Selection (Short-listed) (United States)
  • 2014 Bank Street Best books of the Year for Children and Young Adults (Commended) (United States)
  • 2014 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award (Short-listed) (Canada)
  • 2014 Snow Willow Award, Saskatchewan (Short-listed) (Canada)
  • 2014 White Pine Fiction Award, Ontario Library Association (Short-listed) (Canada)
  • 2013 Resource Links Year's Best Selection (Short-listed) (Canada)
  • 2013 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection (Commended) (Canada)
  • 2014 Ontario Library Association Young Adult Best Bets (Commended) (Canada)

Reviews

[MacLean’s] writing is strong and fluid but laced with vulnerability.

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