Six Impossible Things

Fourteen-year-old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, a mother with a failing wedding-cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door.

His entire life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things.

‘I loved this book so much I wanted to be in it.’ Kaz Cooke


‘Dan Cereill is an odd sock and an absolute sweetheart. His journey through the joys and stings of first love, suburbia, humiliation and reinvention will make you smile and cheer for the underdog. It’s impossible not to love this book!’

Simmone Howell, Girl Defective

‘This is a sparkling debut from Fiona Wood, whose main character Dan Cereill is outstandingly smart and funny as he copes with the multiple challenges of a life turned upsidedown.’

‘Wood deftly flips and humorously twists the pains and pressures of family imbroglios. She is one to watch.’

Weekend Australian

‘Melbourne writer Fiona Wood’s first novel is a corker. Dan, with “no discernable abs”, is a character you can’t help cheering for; bumbling, tender, self-effacing, smart…’

‘Full of casual literary references, quick-witted dialogue and great characters…’

The Sunday Age

‘…sparkles with humour and the crazy-brave feeling of discovering love and adventure at 14.’

Six Impossible Things


Shortlist, YABBA (Young Australians Best Book Awards), 2016

Shortlist, YABBA (Young Australians Best Book Awards), 2014

Shortlist, CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2011

Junior Library Guild Selection, Fall 2015


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