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When Adam meets Robyn...

at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. But when you're fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love...

• Governor General's Award, Children's Literature 2013
• Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2014
• Canadian Librarian's Association Honour Book Award 2014

Unlikely Hero




“Toten spins an equally compelling - and occasionally humorous - story about the difficulties all adolescents face in getting to know themselves and how they fit in society, not to mention how to find kindred spirits and learn to trust.” - Montreal Gazette


“Toten masterfully portrays the turbulent emotions and deep-seated fears of someone suffering from mental illness... ...a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of life, loss, love, brokenness, and the purest form of bravery: giving in and asking for help.” - Quill & Quire

“This book is a page-turner and sure to be a huge hit with young adults. I am hoping for a sequel as this book made me laugh, cry, think, and kept me coming back for more.” - The Guardian

“...a transformative, high energy novel that vibrates with the creativity of both the writer and main character... A powerful story with brilliant language and unexpected moments of humour.”
- Governor General Literary Awards Jury

"Readers be warned: Like Augustus Waters before him, Adam Spencer Ross will renew your faith in real-life superheroes and shatter your heart in equal measure.” - Kirkus Starred Review



...and exhale.

Make yourself at home and feel free to poke around - Teresa

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Unlikely Hero Teacher's Guide...

Unlikely Hero sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging novel that readers will find hard to put down.

Teachers can use the text in a number of ways, including exploring conceptual and thematic connections, conducting an in-depth study of character and narrative structure, and as a springboard for engaging students in meaningful conversations about mental illness.

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