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By Deborah Kerbel   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443175760 Paperback
240 Pages | 5.035" x 7.730" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443175777 Ebook
240 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

If you focus too much on what’s missing, you won’t see what you already have.

For almost as long as she can remember, it’s been Sarah, her mom and her steadfast duck, Webster. Ten years ago, Sarah’s dad mysteriously left, and it feels more important than ever for her to find out why. But that is going to be harder than she expected.

When Sarah’s birthday plans get cancelled, she is sent to a camp where she doesn’t want to be. It couldn’t get any worse. And then it does. Will Sarah have to say another painful goodbye?

In a story about love, loss, unexpected friendship and finding out who you are, Like a Duck reminds us that family is what you make it . . . and sometimes what feels broken is actually imperfectly perfect.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for My Deal with the Universe:

Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers’ Choice), 2020,

Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice), 2020

Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children’s Choice), 2020

Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2018

“Excellent . . . Deborah Kerbel has created a perfect storm of wildly clashing values and gentle personal growth at the centre of this story and has managed it with grace and honesty.”— Resource Links

“Remarkable . . . I actually found myself missing the characters once I was done. Highly recommended.” 4/4 stars — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Lightness and sparkle . . . Deborah Kerbel makes it clear that normal is different for everyone . . .” — CanLit for LittleCanadians

My Deal with the Universe is a tender story about learning to love what makes you different, featuring the coolest house I’ve ever read about.” — Vikki VanSickle, author of The Winnowing