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Jill MacLean

Shortly after the publication of her 2003 poetry collection, The Brevity of Red, Jill MacLean wrote The Nine Lives of Travis Keating which won the 2009 Ann Connor Brimer Award, was shortlisted for a number of awards, and was a KIND Children’s Honorable Mention Book for the Humane Society of the United States. Its sequel, The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy, won the 2010 Ann Connor Brimer Award. MacLean lives in Nova Scotia.


“If I were to rate this book on a scale from one to five, it would definitely be a five. … I absolutely adore this book.”
– National Post

“Sensitively written, this novel provides a real context to discuss bullying … in addition, the character development is engaging for the intended audience.”
– Resource Links

“Highly recommended.”
– CM Magazine

“Jill MacLean has created a remarkable portrait of a bully, taking readers carefully into his mind and heart … This is an intense and sobering look at an all-too-common experience, and and invitation to look beneath the surface of the characters we encounter in our lives.”
– Atlantic Books Today

“A thought-provoking novel … What makes the book so compelling is the line that Brick straddles between being a mildly likeable character to a very unlikeable one.”
– The Chronicle Herald

“As I read, I found myself cheering for Brick, as engaged in his struggles as if he were real. In my mind, that’s about the highest compliment a book can be paid … A powerful, suspenseful story about redemption.”
– Ten Stories Up


  • SYRCA Snow Willow Award 2011, Short-listed
  • OLA Red Maple Award 2012, Short-listed
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    282 Pages
    7.94in * 5.38in * 0.63in


    September 01, 2010

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    Cormorant Books Inc



    Book Subjects:

    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying



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