My Family and Other Endangered Species

By (author): Ellen Close

Nine-year-old Phineas interprets the world through his encyclopedic knowledge of animals, but some human behaviour is just too puzzling. Take for example his mom, who insists he learn to fall asleep on his own, even though all young mammals sleep with their mothers; or his dad, who recently picked up and left the family, a behaviour quite unlike other mate-for-life animals. And then there’s the constant news from his favourite TV station, the Green Channel, about how humans are ruining the environment, a fact Phin is growing increasingly anxious about. So when his fourth-grade class gets a White’s tree frog as a pet, all of Phin’s anxieties come to a boil.

AUTHOR

Ellen Close

Ellen Close is a playwright, actor, and director in Calgary. Her new work with her collaborator Braden Griffiths, Cipher, was commissioned by Vertigo Theatre and recently won the Alberta Playwriting Competition.

Reviews

“Fantastically entertaining, funny and smart.” —Jessica Goldman, CBC Calgary’s Eyeopener
“[Phin is] one part Holden Caulfield, the rebel yell of Catcher in the Rye, and one part Dr. Spock, (albeit with the emotional detachment completely gone AWOL).” —Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

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Nine-year-old Phineas interprets the world through his encyclopedic knowledge of animals, but some human behaviour is just too puzzling. Take for example his mom, who insists he learn to fall asleep on his own, even though all young mammals sleep with their mothers; or his dad, who recently picked up and left the family, a behaviour quite unlike other mate-for-life animals. And then there’s the constant news from his favourite TV station, the Green Channel, about how humans are ruining the environment, a fact Phin is growing increasingly anxious about. So when his fourth-grade class gets a White’s tree frog as a pet, all of Phin’s anxieties come to a boil.

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Dimensions:

120 Pages

Published:

April 25, 2016

City of Publication:

Toronto

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9781770915213

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Language:

eng

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