A Month of Mondays

A Month of Mondays


By Joëlle Anthony


This can’t be good! Suddenly Suze’s mom wants back into her life, and her teacher wants her to “try harder”?!

As if middle school wasn’t hard enough, Suze Tamaki's life gets turned upside down when her mother reappears after a ten-year absence. Once Suze gets over her shock, she thinks it might be cool to get to know her mom. But her older sister Tracie is determined not to let her back into their lives. 

At school things aren’t much better. One of her teachers decides the way to cure Suze’s lack of motivation is to move her into Honors English – a development Suze finds both inspiring and distressing. When she's paired with straight-A student Amanda on an English assignment, she finds herself caring about people’s expectations like she’s never done before.

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About the Author

Joëlle Anthony loves the rain, which is good because she was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and now lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, Canada. She's worked as an actress, a Minor League Baseball souvenir hawker, the Easter Bunny, and various other not-so-odd jobs. Now she mostly writes novels, but she still dabbles in sketch comedy, nonfiction articles, and teaching writing to both kids and adults. She recently wrote and starred in her first full-length play, along with her husband. A Month of Mondays is her first middle-grade novel. Her YA novels include Restoring Harmony, The Right & the Real, and Speed of Life (writing as J. M. Kelly).

Read an interview with the author in the Canadian Children's Book Centre's February 2018 Newsletter.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 7, 2017

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 344 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-7

  • Lexile: HL640L Guided Reading: Y

  • ISBN: 9781772600261


  • Character Education
    > Family & Friendship
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Characters

  • History & Social Studies
    > Government & Citizenship

Awards for A Month of Mondays

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens - Fall 2017

  • Ontario Library Association's 2018 Best Bets - Junior Fiction

  • VOYA 2018 Top Shelf Fiction Award for Middle School Readers

  • 2018 IODE Violet Downey Book Award - Shortlisted

  • 2019 Chocolate Lily Award (BC's Reader's Choice Children's Book Award) - Shortlisted

Praise for A Month of Mondays

"[Joëlle Anthony] has created an engaging narrator bound to resonate with readers. Suze is half Anglo, half Japanese, and a Canadian tween through and through. Her missteps, hesitations, and assumptions are universal, and when she faces her toughest challenges, she takes messy but brave leaps that leave her a little more mature than the day before." - Booklist

"Suze Tamaki is a Grade 7 slacker whose wry observations about the world around her make her both loveable and relatable." - Quill & Quire

"A solid story that explores themes of family, abandonment, and belonging." - Kirkus Reviews

"Anthony’s characters, both central and secondary, are fully dimensional, and Suze and Caroline’s frustrations are realistically portrayed as they make awkward attempts at a fresh start... Suze’s dry—borderline sardonic—narration makes for thoroughly entertaining reading as Anthony sympathetically explores the vulnerability of the early teen years." - Publishers Weekly

"A Month of Mondays is an intensely readable novel. It is full of fun, bright and natural dialogue. It has a lovable underdog narrator, someone to whom many readers will relate. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"It’s nice to see a kid who neither has it all together or sits at the bottom of the heap... Suze is probably more like most kids, at neither extreme but somewhere in the middle, just trying to make sense of the people and circumstances of her life. She may not always choose well–her recurrent trips to the principal’s office attest to that–and may get distracted and discouraged but she keeps on plugging away.... And Joëlle Anthony ensures the reader comes away with a lesson in stick-with-it-ness, demonstrating that things always resolve themselves somehow, sometimes more and sometimes less positively than you might imagine." - CanLit for Little Canadians

"Suze is believable, funny and appealing. Early teen readers (9-12) will identify with the misdemeanours that keep her a frequent visitor to the principal’s office and with her efforts to understand a mother she hasn’t seen since she was two." - Winnipeg Free Press

"Joëlle Anthony’s has written a complex and heartwarming story that focuses on the impact of parental abandonment, complicated family relationships and healing. There is a great cast of quirky characters, who are believable and well-crafted." - Children's Books Heal

"Readers will discover that Suze Tamaki is a courageous and admirable heroine who gives them insight into what it is really like to be in middle school." - Resource Links