Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean
“The first time I came across the word introversion was the first time I recognized myself. Like, there was a category for me. I spend thirty hours a week in school where extroversion is the only version.”
Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean is the story about a soft-spoken young man struggling with the turmoil of growing up, and finding the strength to fight for those he loves.
Even though Nixon Humbolt is far leaner and taller than his “Fatty Humbolt” days of elementary school, he is still afraid of the high school seniors and tormented by bully Kendal Green. When not trying to rescue Swiff Dunphy’s defeated guard dog, or seeking refuge in his father’s workshop, he’s covering for his rebellious and attention hogging older sister Roxy (who’s dating high school senior and bad boy Bryan Sykes), and pining for his unrequited love Loren Cody (his best friend’s girlfriend) while working out his feelings for the quirky Blue McCallum (his best friend’s sister). All this, while trying not to fail French class.
April is National Poetry month, and Nix Minus One is a great example of a powerful story written entirely in verse. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Minden Times on April 9, 2014.