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  • Published: 30 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187829
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

We Are All Made of Molecules

Hysterically funny, heartwarming and offbeat, We Are All Made of Molecules follows one very mixed-up family. Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016

Meet Stewart. He’s geeky, gifted and sees things a bit differently to most people. His mum has died and he misses her all the more now he and Dad have moved in with Ashley and her mum.

Meet Ashley. She’s popular, cool and sees things very differently to her new family. Her dad has come out and moved out – but not far enough. And now she has to live with a freakazoid step-brother.

Stewart can’t quite fit in at his new school, and Ashley can’t quite get used to her totally awkward home, which is now filled with some rather questionable decor. And things are about to get a whole lot more mixed up when these two very different people attract the attention of school hunk Jared. . .

  • Published: 30 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187829
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Susin Nielsen

Susin Nielsen got her start writing for popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. Since then, she’s written for many Canadian TV shows and her young adult novels have received considerable critical acclaim. Word Nerd and My Messed-Up Life won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the UKLA Award, the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year and many Young Readers’ Choice Awards, while We Are All Made of Molecules was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Susin lives in Vancouver with her family and two extremely destructive cats.

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Praise for We Are All Made of Molecules

There are many great voices in YA fiction, but Susin Nielsen manages to give us TWO in the same book. I defy you not to fall in love with this book.

Phil Earle

Snappy and witty. A really fine YA novel.

Martin Chilton, Telegraph Books

A book to fortify readers against bullies and homophobes.

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

I loved We Are All Made of Molecules, it's a really special little book with a huge heart and one of the most enjoyable YA books I've read in some time

Melissa Cox, Waterstones

A sheer delight. That next life-affirming book. I’m adding We Are All Made of Molecules to the canon of hope; brilliant books for those kids on the cusp of the next stage in their lives.

Katie Clapham, Storytellers Inc

There's already so much love out there for this one, and deservedly so. Two of the most memorable characters you will read this year... Nielsen deals with some big issues – grief, loss, bullying and homophobia – but anchors the story with terrific warmth and humour. One to make you laugh, cry and read in one sitting.

Fiona Noble, Editor's Choice, The Bookseller

An uplifting and funny story of modern family life, of adapting and changing and acceptance.

Guardian, The Best New Children's Books

This is stellar, top-notch stuff

Quill and Quire, Starred Review

This savvy, insightful take on the modern family makes for nearly nonstop laughs

Starred review, Kirkus

By turns humorous and heartbreaking… Their overlapping journeys will leave readers with much to think about, as Nielsen unflinchingly tackles issues such as bullying, bigotry, and tolerance

School Library Journal

No one – absolutely no one – captures the lovable flaws of the pubescent human creature like Susin Nielsen

The Globe and Mail

There’s so much to love about this story, but what grabbed me most is the humour. Who do I write to to join the Susin Nielsen fan club?

Christopher Paul Curtis

Susin Nielsen is one of the best writers working today

Susan Juby

I implore you to read this book, it will definitely put a smile on your face. Beautifully written.

Once Upon a Bookcase Blog

Full of heart and I loved the message. All in all a book I adored entirely.

Overflowing KLC Blog

Lovely read that made me laugh and cry. This year's Wonder!

Jess Hearts Books, Goodreads

Warm, funny and unforgettable... a 2015 must-read, with the potential to become this year's Wonder.

The Bookseller, Fiona Noble

Humorous, consistently entertaining and perfect for a quick, light hearted read.

Hannah, Guardian Children's Books Site

There are a plethora of reasons to read this book. Gentle family comedy.

Alligator's Mouth Bookshop Blog

Much to think about in this likeable, funny book.

Marilyn Brocklehurst, Bookseller

From the first page to the last, the novel triumphs.

Jade for lovereading4kids.co.uk

Ashley and Stewart are irresistible characters and this is set to become one of the most popular books of the year.

Andrea Reece, Lovereading

Nielsen excels at characterisation... richly developed, emotionally compelling and often very funny. Unputdownable.


An absolute gem. Wonderfully warm-hearted. Definitely one of my favourite contemporaries of the year so far!

YAYeahYeah Blog

An absolute gem. Wonderfully warm-hearted. Definitely one of my favourite contemporaries of the year so far!

YAYeahYeah Blog

One of the best YA books I've read. It pulled me from the depths of a month-long reading slump... it made me excited to read again.

Wondrous Reads Blog

Susin Nielsen's depiction of grief was picture perfect. A sweet, funny, touching and incredibly important book.

So Many Books So Little Time Blog

It is only rarely that you come across a book filled with such vivid and enjoyable characters that you really do not want it to end. Warm yet unsentimental, witty and wonderful book.

The School Librarian

Thought-provoking, at times poignant and often hilarious. Thoroughly enjoyable story.


Hilarious, light-touch exploration of some hard-hitting issues – love, grief and the desire to fit in – told in two compelling voices.

Imogen Russell Williams, Teens on Moon Lane

Nielsen is just a perfect writer for teenage readers. Subtle mix of humour, seriousness and important values.

Teen Book Hoots blog

Funny and heart-warming

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