It’s Derry and it’s the Hallowe’en break. And Aimée McCourt Logan’s cross-border exchange partner (yeah, she goes to that kind of school) Caoimhe is coming to visit. More to the point, she’s bringing her dream-god brother Darren with her. Meanwhile, Aimée is trying to keep her co-best friends’ lives on track and she’s implementing a new health and beauty regime (any day now). Armed with her trusty stack of lists, a hot chocolate and the all-powerful Facebook – and with a little hindrance from her cat, Rainbow – nothing is impossible.
This is a hilarious and honest depiction of life as a fifteen-year-old, when virtual friends sometimes seem more important than real ones …
PRAISE FOR LARGE MAMMALS, STICK INSECTS AND OTHER SOCIAL MISFITS
‘It is amazing. So funny, so slick, so clever. So very delightfully readable without ever being fluffy. Adored Aimée’s voice.’ Claire Hennessy, author
‘Great fun’ The Irish Times
‘This will be a very popular read for girls’ Irish Examiner
‘Hugely talented’ Derry Journal
‘(It) contains a generous mix of local dialect, easily identifiable locations about the City and just enough comic content to keep readers on track and reading.’ The Sentinel
‘Felicity McCall has created a memorable protagonist. Written in the first person, Aimee’s style is lively and exuberant, full of constant digressions, flights of fancy and teenage philosophy. Typeface is used to good effect to differentiate between the main body of the story, the e-mails, the text messages and Aimee’s frequent “handwritten” lists and notes to self. … the narrative skittered along with zest and freshness.’ Teresa Doran, Books Ireland
‘witty and engaging … sure to appeal to teen readers.’ Recommended Books 2012, age 12-14
‘Honest, fast-paced and just plain fun’ Mary Esther Judy, fallenstarsstories.blogspot.ie
‘Mothers of young teenage girls will get a great understanding of how the teenage mind works on reading this novel. It is a tool to open up mother/daughter discussion.’ Grainne McCool, The Irish World and Irish American News
A BBC staff journalist for twenty years during the Northern Ireland conflict, Felicity McCall began the millennium as a full-time writer as well as an occasional broadcaster, arts facilitator and actor.Publications include fiction, non-fiction, plays and a graphic novel, and she has contributed to a number of anthologies. The co-founder and director of two theatre companies, she has had twelve plays staged professionally and four screenplay credits. Felicity has won the Tyrone Guthrie Award for stage and screenplay and was nominated for two Meyer Whitworth Awards and two Irish Playwrights’ and Screenwriters’ Guild Awards for best new play. Felicity is the Ireland officer for the miscarriage of justice lobby group Portia, and she continues to live and write in Derry and Donegal.Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits is her first book for teenagers.