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Children's Fiction General

A Is for Angst

by (author) Barbara Haworth-Attard

HarperCollins Canada
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2007
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price

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About the author

Barbara Haworth-Attard is the acclaimed author of 13 children’s books, including Theories of Relativity, winner of two teen choice awards—the Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan) and the Stellar Book Award (BC)—and finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her other popular titles include A Is For Angst, Forget- Me-Not, Irish Chain and Flying Geese. Haworth-Attard lives with her family in London, Ontario. Visit her online at

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Librarian Reviews

A is for Angst

Navigating through the complicated social structure of high school is never simple, and for 14-year-old Teresa Tolliver, retaining her normal average status in the teenage food chain is no easy task. From mortifying moments like popping her inflatable bra cup to finding ways to get Achingly Adorable Adam to notice her, readers will enjoy this angst-filled novel from the author of Theories of Relativity.

Good writing can grab the reader as early as the first line, and this novel certainly does with Teresa’s statement: “The night before school began, Mom found me in bed with Ken”. Though “Ken”, turns out to be a doll with black marker genitalia, the bluntness and honesty of Teresa’s voice creates an immediate hook.

What makes this novel a particularly great read is that it never falls victim to the awkward teenager scenario that identify many books in this genre. Teresa doesn’t fit into the extreme social groups that she so smartly identifies. She knows where she fits, and she’s comfortable being a “Normal”, without being arrogant or annoying. While her problems often seem like the end of the world to her, she acknowledges each of these stumbles and bumbles with humour, if not completely with grace.

It is a refreshing change to read about a normal and likeable teen with normal and highly identifiable teenage problems, and teens will easily make the connection wherever their place in the high school social ladder.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2007. Vol.30 No.4.

A is for Angst

Teresa has worked hard to keep her ‘Normal’ status at school. But when the popular girls start noticing her, Teresa must juggle her ‘Normal’ friends with her new ‘Above-Normal’ status.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

Other titles by Barbara Haworth-Attard