• Title: Mishaps
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  • Released: 2010-05-01
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  • Pages: 284
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  • ASIN: B004T6F0FQ


From School Library Journal Grade 7–10—By the end of Mishaps, readers' suspension of disbelief will feel like a flabby, overstretched rubber band. Penelope, aka Pen or Penguin because of the size of her nose, is a likable 16-year-old with a life full of calamity. One of her classmates, Seb, wants to prove that people with certain DNA patterns can cause themselves good or bad luck by the way they treat others. When he tests Pen's DNA, he finds that she is an extreme example of his theory but, if that were true, she would be a terror, and she's not. Seb thinks she might have a secret twin. As it turns out, she has a clone, a stereotypically nasty rock diva who threatens to make Pen's life even more miserable. The only way for Pen to rid herself of her misfortune is to transfer her DNA by overcoming Sereena's security measures and touching her. After several convoluted attempts, she succeeds. In the meantime, she's fallen in love with Seb, whom she suspects is more interested in Sereena. A satisfying final twist, well-drawn main characters, and plenty of action don't make up for the absurdity of the plot, which includes an uncharacteristic move by Pen as she ruins her school formal. Plenty of books manage to combine humor and well-rounded people without resorting to contrivance. This isn't one of them.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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"There are many twists and turns in the plot, entertaining events and some realistic and convincing issues, delivered in a fast-paced, enjoyable read for teenagers."  —Reading Time

"Themes of celebrity and cloning are explored and the concept of karma cleverly ties the plot together. . . . an amusing read that combines all the right ingredients, romance, pop stars, school, friendship, humour and intrigue to be a winning read for teenage girls . . . an excellent first novel for the 12-16 year age group."  —Magpies

"Mishaps is well written, uses the language of today's teenagers and is very, very funny. It would also be useful [in the classroom] to introduce discussion about genetics and ethical behaviour."  —Viewpoint

"Kunze's engaging characters ensure that the journey is smooth and enjoyable. If Mishaps were a movie, it would be described as a 'quirky Australian comedy'—but definitely one of a superior quality."  —Canberra Times

"This fast paced, exciting read is any girl's answer to a boring weekend!"  —Girlfriend 'Girlie Read of the Month'

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