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Andre Fenton

Andre Fenton is an award-winning spoken word artist and filmmaker who has performed all across Canada while representing Halifax at national poetry slams in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Victoria and Vancouver. He is on the board of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member of Spoken Word Canada. He writes poetry and young adult fiction. Andre lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Worthy of Love
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 9; 10; 11; 12;

Adrian Carter is a young mixed-race teen struggling with poor self-image, but he's through with being bullied for his weight. Adrian decides to shed the pounds, no matter what it takes. When he meets and falls for Mel Woods, a confident and sensible girl with a passion for fitness, his motivation to change leads him to take dangerous measures. When Mel confronts Adrian about his methods of weight loss he is left trying to find a balance between the number on the scale and wondering if he'll ever be worthy of love.

"Both Adrian and Melody are biracial, and they bond over both pride in their backgrounds and the prejudices they face (Adrian’s parents are both half black and half white, while Melody’s are white and Indigenous). The bully is white. Adrian is a highly sympathetic protagonist, showing sensitivity and emotional maturity that would outshine that of many adults" - Kirkus Review

"Through Carter and his struggles, Fenton explores deeper issues around masculinity and the role it plays in eating disorders, self-esteem and race." — Allison Lawlor, Chronicle Herald

"This story of a mixed-raced teen who struggles with his weight is the kind of refreshing storytelling we don't see enough of."— Sheree Fitch,

Educator Information
Hi/lo Fiction
Reading Level: Grades 3–5
Interest Level: Grades 9+

Additional Information
200 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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