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Food Freak
By (author): Alex Van Tol
9781459813397 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food North America Jan 24, 2017
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.31 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
What do you do when the local doomsayer is your father?

It really seems like Dani's dad has gone around the bend. Ever since Dani's mother died of cancer, all her dad does is stand around on street corners with his crazy signs, proclaiming that processed foods mean the end of the world. The Food Freak, as he is known, has already scared away all of Dani's friends at her old school. But it's a new year, and Dani is at a new school in a different part of town. Maybe things will be better now. Dani just needs to keep her head down and avoid making any friends. That way, nobody will find out about her dad and his insane protests. The plan seems to be working fine until one day Dani meets a boy who helps her see things in a different light.

Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She has published numerous titles with Orca. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. For more information, visit

"A well written book for any young person...Van Tol has an upbeat breezy style that is very appealing. She makes Dani and her friend Gregor teenagers with real problems but she also has them demonstrate maturity and composure and grace under difficult circumstances...Van Tol tackles a contemporary social issue creatively and sensitively." - Resource Links

"Food Freak is more than a story about a family coping after losing a loved one. It is about acceptance, acceptance of our differences. It is also about believing in others...Finally, it is about trust, trusting yourself and letting others in. A good read about life lessons. Highly recommended." - CM Magazine

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