The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy (Paperback)

By Jill MacLean

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 9781554551453, 232pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2009

List Price: 11.95*
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Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature Winner, 2010

On the 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list

2010 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award Nominee

On Resource Links Best Books of 2009 list

2010 OLA Best Bets -Children's Fiction

Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award 2011

On VOYA's Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2010 list

Josette Frank Award nominee, by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, 2011

The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy picks up the story where The Nine Lives of Travis Keating leaves off - but this time, from the perspective of Prinny, Travis's friend.

An alcoholic mother, a distracted father, a best friend who spends all his time with his new "girlfriend", and three relentless schoolyard bullies: Prinny Murphy's past, present, and future certainly are "tense."

Adding to her misery, she still can't read well enough to escape from remedial lessons with the dour Mrs.Dooks. But when a kindly substitute teacher introduces her to LaVaughn's inner-city world in the free verse novel, Make Lemonade, Prinny discovers that life can be full of possibilities - and poetry.

About the Author

Jill MacLean's writing has always drawn on experiences in her life. Her books are set in Newfoundland, where her son and his family now live. Over the years, she's canoed, kayaked, hiked, and snowmobiled there, travelled the coves by boat, and stayed in the outdoors. Little did Jill realize at the time that these experiences could all be called "research," or that her love of the province would translate into words. Jill lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia.