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Tremendous Things

By: Susin Nielsen
Narrated by: Justin Miller
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Publisher's Summary

From Governor General's Literary Award-winning author Susin Nielsen comes a funny and heartfelt story about learning how to rise above your most embarrassing moment with humor, best friends, and a killer triangle solo.

We all have moments that define us. For the comically clueless Wilbur, his moment happened on the first day of middle school, when someone shared his private letter with the entire student body. It revealed some of Wilbur's innermost embarrassing thoughts that no one else should ever know.

Now it's the start of ninth grade, and Wilbur hasn't been able to escape that major humiliation. His good friend, Alex, stuck by him, but Alex doesn't have as much time since he started dating Fabrizio. Luckily, Wil can confide in his best friend: his elderly neighbor Sal. Also, Wil's in the school band, where he plays the triangle. They're doing an exchange program with students from Paris, and Wilbur's billet, Charlie, a tall, chic young woman who plays the ukulele and burps with abandon, captures his heart. Charlie likes him, but only as a friend. So Alex, Fabrizio, and Sal host a Queer Eye-style intervention to get Wil in shape and to build his confidence so he can impress Charlie when their band visits Paris, and just maybe replace humiliation with true romance in the City of Love.

©2021 Susin Nielsen (P)2021 Penguin Teen

Critic Reviews

One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021 - starred pick

A Canadian Children's Book Centre Favourite Book of the Year (2021)

“Nielsen presents a realistic teen experience with raw emotions. A heartwarming addition for collections looking for titles with fewer than 200 pages.” (School Library Journal

“Written in first person, the novel is humorous and well-paced with a truly great, heartwarming ending. Highly Recommended.” (CM Reviews

"...Worthy of reading by thoughtful and mature teens and pre-teens.” (Winnipeg Free Press

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