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Alternative title: H Is for Happiness
Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 My Life as an Alphabet
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'This isn't just about me. It's also about the other people in my life - my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my penpal Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish and Douglas Benson From Another Dimension. These are people [with the exception of Earth-Pig Fish, who is a fish] who have shaped me, made me what I am. I cannot recount my life without recounting elements of theirs. This is a big task, but I am confident I am up to it.

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little ... odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to 'fix' all the problems of all the people [and pets] in her life.

Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, My Life as an Alphabet is a delightful novel about an unusual girl who goes to great lengths to bring love and laughter into the lives of everyone she cares about.' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon H is for Happiness Lisa Hoppe , ( dir. John Sheedy ) Australia : Cyan Films , 2019 14352717 2019 single work film/TV

'H is for Happiness is the story of Candice Phee, a relentlessly optimistic and hilariously forthright girl on the cusp of her 13th birthday. Candice’s family is in disarray: her mum has been living with depression since the death of Candice’s baby sister, while her dad and his brother – Candice’s beloved Rich Uncle Brian – are not on speaking terms. As she faces the uncertainties of impending adolescence with the help of her new friend Douglas Benson, Candice hatches a variety of outlandish schemes to make her nearest and dearest happy again.'

Source: Melbourne International Film Festival.

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2013 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published February 2013
      ISBN: 1743310978 (pbk.), 9781743310977 (pbk.)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2020 .
      image of person or book cover 8227648264950449601.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Alternative title: H is for Happiness
      Extent: 272 p.p.
      Edition info: Film Tie-in Ed.
      Note/s:
      • Published January 2020.
      ISBN: 9781760527402 (pbk)

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Works about this Work

Judges Comments on the Winner and Honour Books : Younger Readers 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time , August 2014;
Writing Their Way to Fame Katharine England , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 April 2014; (p. 58)
[Untitled] Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 March 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
Fine Friends Joy Lawn , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 351 2013;

— Review of Fog a Dox Bruce Pascoe , 2012 single work novel ; Figaro and Rumba and the Crocodile Cafe Anna Fienberg , 2012 single work children's fiction ; Definitely No Ducks! Megan McKinlay , 2013 single work children's fiction ; Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend Anna Branford , 2013 single work children's fiction ; Clementine Rose Jacqueline Harvey , 2012 series - author children's fiction ; My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
Untitled Kevin Steinberger , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 28 no. 1 2013; (p. 37-38)

— Review of My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
Untitled Elli Housden , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9-10 February 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
Untitled Kevin Steinberger , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 28 no. 1 2013; (p. 37-38)

— Review of My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
Fine Friends Joy Lawn , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 351 2013;

— Review of Fog a Dox Bruce Pascoe , 2012 single work novel ; Figaro and Rumba and the Crocodile Cafe Anna Fienberg , 2012 single work children's fiction ; Definitely No Ducks! Megan McKinlay , 2013 single work children's fiction ; Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend Anna Branford , 2013 single work children's fiction ; Clementine Rose Jacqueline Harvey , 2012 series - author children's fiction ; My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 March 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
[Untitled] Stella Lees , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 21 no. 1 2013; (p. 40)

— Review of My Life as an Alphabet Barry Jonsberg , 2013 single work children's fiction
Writing Their Way to Fame Katharine England , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 12 April 2014; (p. 58)
Judges Comments on the Winner and Honour Books : Younger Readers 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time , August 2014;
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