The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Australian author Barry Jonsberg is the quirky story of a twelve year old girl who is unique and trying to understand the world around her.
The story starts off as a school assignment, Candice's class is given the task to write an essay about something that happened to them in the past. Candice organizes her essay very neatly with chapters for each letter of the alphabet: A is for Assignment, B is for Birth, C is for Chaos, etc...
Her family, like many (including ours), has its fair share of trouble and hardship. She has a friend who thinks he is from another dimension. Candice has an American pen pal which she writes to often, without receiving a letter back. Her views of the world around her are at times different than the norm, but so accurate that we so often sympathized with her while she tries desperately to fix her world.
Celeste and I really enjoyed this novel. We laughed often and also felt sadness for her while reading aloud this story. We didn't want it to stop!
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Disclosure: I received a sample item for review from Raincoast Books. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.