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Of Mice and Nutcrackers
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A columnist and novelist, Richard Scrimger grew up in Toronto, always writing but never really considering it a career, until after the birth of his first two children, twins, when he discovered the only time he could seriously write was during their naps. His style clearly demonstrates the influence of his experiences as a waiter in Toronto's upscale restaurants, and as a stay-at-home father to his four children. Genuinely witty, his work can be described as multi-dimensional - comic elements ride upon the surface, supported by varying levels of seriousness underneath. Columns detailing Richard's adventures in parenthood have been published in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and Today's Parent, and were compiled in a collection titled Still Life with Children. His first adult novel, Crosstown, was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award. His first children's novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th annual Mr. Christie Book Award, was selected as an A.B.A. Kid's Pick of the List title, and was a finalist for the Ontario Library Association's 1999 Silver Birch Award. Richard Scrimger is also the author of The Way to Schenect

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"All manner of things go wrong, although eventually many things go very right. Getting to there is full of antic humour...but underlying the fun is...a weightiness driven by the novel's characters and their concerns, which makes this novel most satisfying." -The Globe and Mail

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