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Crush. Candy. Corpse.

By Sylvia McNicoll

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Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars - 2 vote(s).

Paradise Manor is depressing -- the smells are bad and the residents are old. Sunny would much rather be doing her volunteer hours at Salon Teo, but her teacher won't let her. Who says volunteering at a hair salon doesn't benefit the community?

But working with the Alzheimer's patients has a surprising effect on Sunny. Along with Cole, the grandson of one of the residents, she begins to see that the residents don't have much more choice about their lives than she does: what they eat, how they are treated by staff, even what they watch on television. So Sunny does what she can to make the residents happy -- even if she has to sometimes break the rules to do it.

When tragedy strikes at Paradise, Sunny's left to make the decision about whether or not to honour a promise that Cole made to his grandmother about her life...and her death.


Short-listed - Arthur Ellis Award, Best Juvenile/YA Mystery Category - 2013

Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2012

Short-listed - Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award - 2014

Commended - OLA Best Bets 2012 - 2013

Commended - One of the Year's Best for 2012 -- Resource Links - 2012

Short-listed - Red Maple Fiction Award - 2013

Short-listed - SYRCA Snow Willow Award - 2014

" and powerful. From the touching dedication to the unravelling of the forty-first hour, my attention was held....McNicoll has created a character that many students will relate to."
Rated E - Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!

- Sarah Nelson Resource Links

"Sunny is a strong, realistic, witty character with whom the intended audience will readily identify... The portrayal of Alzheimer's patients is extraordinarily well done...The compassion of Sunny, Cole and Gillian will linger long in the minds of the intended reader...The dialogue is witty and engaging, reflective of today's world, moving the plot along smartly and revealing character intuitively...The themes of compassion for the elderly, euthanasia and falling in love will resonate with the intended audience."
Highly Recommended.

- Joan Marshall CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"The book casts [Sunny as a typical teen in many respects, with all the powers of observation and all the daily struggles with the distractions of everyday life in adolescence... a good, solid examination of an important ethical topic for teens to consider."

- Jane Murphy VOYA

"Crush. Candy. Corpse. is a strong narrative that engages the readers to contemplate some big philosophical issues surrounding health care, assisted suicide and the fine lines of right and wrong."

- Stacey Matson Keen Readers

"McNicoll expertly combines three different narratives and works on multiple levels to provide us with various versions of the same story so that we are compelled to look at all points of view and draw our own conclusions."

- Melanie Fishbane Canadian Children's Book News

"An absorbing and provocative book"

- FernFolio

"captivating...Sylvia McNicoll gets Sunny's voice perfect, introducing the narrator as a teen who can make questionable decisions (as we all do when inexperienced) but who has the capacity to see beyond her initial assessments and amend her own actions and beliefs accordingly."

- Helen Kubiw CanLit for Little Canadians

"Sunny is a realistic and believable protagonist experiencing authentic events and responding with genuine reactions."

- The Deakin Review of Children's Literature

"The narrative is brisk and engaging and presents an intriguing debate on assisted suicide, quality versus quantity of life, and the treatment of seniors with Alzheimer's."

- Denise Reich Shameless Magazine

"Crush.Candy.Corpse. packs a punch. Hands down, this is a book that should be required reading for students. McNicoll weaves such a heart wrenching story that youre forced to contemplate your own beliefs, to question parts of yourself that are easily pushed away and rarely confronted."

- Mallory Thorpe,

"The book follows high school student Sonja (Sunny) Ehret as she stands trial for manslaughter. Every chapter alternates between last year (Sunny serving volunteers hours on an Alzheimers ward), and this year (Sunnys manslaughter trial). So just how are the two connected? Well you have to pick up this uh-mazing book to find out! I actually read this book in less than a day as I could just not put it down."

- Brianne Peters

SYLVIA McNICOLL has written twenty-three books for children. Her novels have won the Silver Birch and the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award. In 2011 she won a City of Hamilton Book Award for YA fiction. She is currently the features editor for Today's Parent Toronto. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.

Customer Reviews:

Reviewed by: on 4th April 2012 7:43AM

I absolutely loved this book! Once I started reading I just couldn't stop! I found myself reading it secretly under my desk and having no idea what my teacher was talking about! The format going back and forth from the past to the present made it impossible to put down, and it just gripped you and kept you hanging on until the end of the book. Please tell me that Sylvia McNicoll will write a sequel where Sunny struggles to get Cole back. I don't think that I could ever read another book again unless she does!

Reviewed by: Erica on 11th April 2012 7:49AM

I loved the book so much that I finished it in 2 hours. I loved the plot, the characters, and the constant action in every page. I already sent e-mails to my friends about the book and each one of them wants to read it.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 224 pages
Publication Date: 17th February 2012
ISBN: 9781459400627
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Hardback, 224 pages
Publication Date: 17th February 2012
ISBN: 9781459400634
Format: 8.5in x 5.5in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 17th February 2012
ISBN: 9781459400641
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV015020, JUV021000, JUV039030, JUV039060
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 12 To 18
Lexile Reading Level: HL630L


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