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Standing on Neptune
By (author): Valerie Sherrard
Valerie Sherrard


DCB - Toronto



Product Form:


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Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 13 - 18, Grade (US) 9 - 12, Reading age 13 - 18
Apr 15, 2023
$16.95 CAD


8in x 5.38 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

160 pages
Cormorant Books
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Stories in verse|Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Emotions, moods and feelings|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Teenage pregnancy
  • Short Description
In fractured vignettes, Brooke Palinder describes the week she spends wondering if she’s pregnant after realizing her period is late. Her boyfriend is unable to offer support and Brooke can’t even tell her best friend. Feeling isolated, she reexamines her life and readies herself to take a pregnancy test.
Am I pregnant?

Am I pregnant?

This question shatters the peace of seventeen-year-old Brooke Palinder’s life one Monday morning when she realizes her period is late. Although shaken, she is determined to hide her feelings and go about her daily routine as though nothing is wrong.

Brooke’s boyfriend Ryan handles the news poorly and is unable to offer Brooke much in the way of support. Yet, in spite of a growing sense of isolation, she cannot bring herself to confide in anyone else, not even her best friend.

In an effort to distract herself, Brooke throws herself into a school project about Neptune, which leads her to some startling discoveries and a surprising sense of connection to the distant planet.

In fractured vignettes, Brooke begins to examine her life from a new perspective, but by Saturday, she knows she must face the answer to the question that began her week.

Am I pregnant?

- Seventeen-year-old Brooke Palinder might be pregnant and when her boyfriend is unable to offer any support and she’s unable to tell her best friend, Brooke turns inward and examines her life from a new perspective.

- Standing on Neptune examines the emotional effect of a possible pregnancy on a teenager and the isolation one might feel.

- The Canadian teen birth rate is 5.5 births per 1000 females aged 15-19 and many more sexually active teens worry they’re pregnant at one time or another. Standing on Neptune charts the emotional rollercoaster — the sense of isolation felt without support from loved ones and the relief felt when the teen finds the support they need.

- Formerly a group home director, Valerie Sherrard has a lot of experience with what troubles today’s youth.

- Valerie Sherrard is a versatile author 30+ books whose work is frequently nominated for awards in different genres. Her first novel in verse, Counting Back from Nine, was shortlisted for a 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award.

Valerie Sherrard is an award-winning author of picture books and young adult novels. Her novel The Glory Wind won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Ann Conner Brimer Award. Sherrard’s first novel in verse, Counting Back from Nine was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Her works have been chosen as Red Maple and White Pine Award Honour Books, and she has been nominated for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and Snow Willow Award. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, she now lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick.

- National, international, and regional review mailing & pitches (Atlantic Books Today, Miramichi Reader, Kirkus, SLJ, Booklist, CM Magazine, BBKT, Quill & Quire, Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC Books, 49th Shelf, Publishers Weekly)

- ARC mailing to select bookstores

- Pitching to book bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, and podcasts

- Pitch for interview on Open Book

- Submissions to regional, national, and global awards

- Inclusion at OLA’s 2023 Super Conference (Cormorant Books’ booth and other opportunities)

- Social media promotions and support

- Targeted email flyer to children’s bookstores

- Advertising in Canadian Children’s Book News, SLJ, Booklist, and more
For more information contact
[email protected]

Praise for previous work Birdspell:
and straightforward, with no sugar-coating of the challenges of bipolar
disorder, Birdspell offers remarkable insight to young readers unfamiliar with
mental-health issues. At the same time, it provides rare validation for those
children who struggle with it in their daily lives. … Despite the gravity of
the subject matter, Birdspell is a very readable book laced with humour and
grace.” - Quill & Quire

Praise for previous work Birdspell:
is a deep and beautifully written title that once begun is hard to put down. Despite the tragedy of the circumstances, the novel is a compelling story of strength, hope and compassion. Highly Recommended.” - CM Magazine

Praise for previous work Counting Back from Nine:
Counting Back from Nine is a powerful young adult novel.
It's not just another story of a high school romance that fails; it's about the tensions (and joys) of family relationships, the impact of losing a parent at a formative point in one's emotional development, and the social fall-out resulting when a girl knowingly breaks the unspoken rules of high school female friendships and finds herself ‘un-friended’.
“Anyone who has read Valerie Sherrard's other works knows that she is expert at capturing the nuances of adolescent conversation. In Counting Back from Nine, the voices of Laren and her mother are strong and distinct.” - CM Magazine

Praise for previous work Counting Back from Nine:
“Sherrard's characters are written with compassion, and a
keen understanding of how teenagers think and feel. Laren's voice feels authentic and emotionally true, and readers will empathize with her feelings of isolation and grief.
Counting Back from Nine is poignant and emotionally resonant, and teens will be wholly engaged from the first page to the last.” - Canadian Children’s Book News

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