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My Deal With the Universe 

ISBN-13: 9781443157568

* 2020 Diamond Willow Award (Finalist) *

* 2020 Red Cedar Book Award (Finalist) *

* 2020 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Finalist) *

* A Resource Links ‘Best Book of 2018’ *

Maybe “normal” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

All twelve year-old Daisy Fisher wants is to be normal — or at least to not stick out like a sore thumb. But growing up in a house known as the “Jungle” makes that pretty much impossible. When your parents are hippies and your house is overrun with vines and weeds, it’s not so easy to fit in. And it definitely doesn’t help when the neighbours declare your family public enemy number one. Or when your best (and possibly only) friend leaves for summer camp and forgets you exist. Or when your twin brother’s cancer might be growing back.

Will this be the summer Daisy changes things for the better? She can’t help where she lives, but if she could find a new friend, cultivate some courage, and figure out a way to keep her brother healthy, maybe life will finally be normal. Or will it?


An extraordinary new novel from acclaimed author Deborah Kerbel.

"My Deal with the Universe is a tender story about learning to love what makes you different, featuring the coolest house I've ever read about."

-Vikki VanSickle, author of The Winnowing


"Remarkable...I actually found myself missing the characters once I was done.

Highly recommended."

-CM Magazine

"Lightness and sparkle...Deborah Kerbel makes it clear that normal is different for everyone..."

-CanLit for Little Canadians

"Excellent...Deborah Kerbel has created a perfect storm of wildly clashing values and gentle personal growth at the centre of this story and has managed it with grace and honesty."

-Resource Links Library Journal

"Absolutely perfect...a touching story about owning your differences and appreciating the colourfulness of the world we all share."

-Storytime with Stephanie

“What a great book…I felt all kinds of emotions right along with Daisy. This is a book I’d definitely read again.”

-That’s Another Story

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