Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her grade, but her marks stink.
Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. “The Brady Bunch” it isn’t. Stewart is trying to be 89.9% happy about it, but Ashley is 110% horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.
They are complete opposites. And yet, no matter their differences, they share one thing in common: They – like the rest of us – are all made of molecules.
In this hilarious yet deeply moving story, award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.
“The psychodrama is narrated by two kids in alternating chapters, leavened with constant, wry humor that should keep readers chuckling even as the story grapples with serious emotional issues. This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly non-stop laughs.” – Kirkus, Starred Review
“By turns humorous and heartbreaking, the story is told in alternating chapters narrated by both protagonists … Their overlapping journeys will leave readers with much to think about, as Nielsen unflinchingly tackles issues such as bullying, bigotry, and tolerance; the true nature of friendship; and what it means to be a family. The book will appeal to fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.” – School Library Journal
“No one – absolutely no one – captures the lovable flaws of the pubescent human creature like Susin Nielsen.” The Globe and Mail
“Drama, humor, poignancy and suspense are rarely found in such perfect proportions as in Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Susin Nielsen’s new novel … Teens will be so busy turning pages they won’t even realize they’re thinking. This is stellar, top-notch stuff.” Quill and Quire, Starred Review
“Warm, funny and unforgettable, this tale of one very mixed-up family is a 2015 must-read, with the potential to become this year’s Wonder.” – The Bookseller, UK
“This book. Just. This book … I would thoroughly recommend We Are All Made of Molecules. It was funny in places, sad in others but entertaining throughout. Brilliant for anyone over the age of thirteen with a love of interesting stories and compelling language.” – Seven Stories Reviews, UK
- Longlisted for the 2016 Carnegie Medal, UK
- 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award Nominee, Children’s Text
- Winner of the 2016 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
- Winner of the 2017 Prix des Libraires, Quebec
- Winner of the 2017 Prix Farniente, Belgium
- 2016 Canadian Library Association Honor Book, Young Adult Novel category
- 2016/17 Texas Lonestar Award Nominee
- 2016/17 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee
- A USBBY 2016 Selection for Outstanding International Books
- 2016 OLA Red Maple Award Honor Book
- 2016 Saskatchewan Snow Willow Award Nominee
- 2017 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award Nominee
- 2017 Rocky Mountain Book Award Nominee
- Kirkus Reviews “Best Teen Books of 2015”
- Quill & Quire’s “Best Kids’ Books of 2015”
- The Globe 100’s “Best Books of 2015”
- “20 Best YA Books of 2015″ in The Telegraph (U.K.) – 5 out of 5 stars (Martin Chilton)