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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

Teresa Toten's young adult novel won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature in 2013.

Teresa Toten

Teenager Adam Spencer Ross has a lot of problems. His parents are divorced, his step-siblings are frustrating, he has OCD, he's in love with a girl he met in his support group, and his mom starts to receive mysterious and threatening letters. How could a 15-year-old handle it all? In this book, author Teresa Toten explores the uncertainty and complexities that come with being young and unsure with affectionate humour and insight. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B won the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is for readers ages 11 and up.

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From the book

The boy inhaled as the door opened. It was as if he knew. The girl stepped into the room, and within the space of a heart­beat, he was lost.

The girl made her way towards the semicircle of chairs, not smiling exactly, but not hesitating either. She was older for sure. Probably. So it was hopeless, of course. She sat down directly across from him, at her end of the semicircle. Without looking up, she crossed her genius, perfect legs and flipped a long black braid behind her. By the time he exhaled, the boy was in love. It was like he had drowned in a wave of want.


From The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten ©2013. Published by Doubleday Canada.

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