Winner of the Society of School Librarians International’s Best Book Award – Language Arts, Grades 7-12 Novels
Winner of the 2005 White Pine Awards, Fiction category
Selected for inclusion in the Best Books for the Teen Age 2004 List by the New York Public Library
Nominated for Snow Willow Award (The Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Awards)
Nominated for the Canadian Library Association’s 2004 Young Adult Canadian Book Award
More than You Can Chew has been called a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for young adults.
Marty Black has retreated from a difficult family situation into the area she can best control, her own appetites. She may not be able to control her parents’ behavior, but she can decide what she will and will not eat. Eventually, she stops eating altogether. Marty is close to death when she finally asks for help and finds herself in a psychiatric institution. But recognizing her need for help is only the first tenuous step on a long road to recovery.
Marty’s ability to find a way to live, despite the powerful lure of anorexia, is the core of this fine, insightful novel.
Marnelle Tokio’s semi autobiographical story will resonate with every teenager who faces issues of family, body image, and self-confidence.
About the Author
Marnelle Tokio was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario and has been everything from an apprentice thoroughbred jockey to an x-ray technician. She has lived in many places and been interested in writing since she was six. Marnelle has worked at a children’s bookstore for many years and, while not writing, plays with her daughter, dog, and husband in Toronto.
“Marty’s struggles…will satisfy teens’ voracious appetites…”
“…a memorable tale… Marnelle Tokio…tells a gripping, believable story about a strong, world-weary girl.”
“Marnelle Tokio’s semi-autobiographical book shows the tremendous ups and downs Marty faces, accurately depicting the behaviour and speech of teenagers. Watching the evolution of Marty’s attitude is satisfying.”
–The Calgary Herald
“…as a character [Marty] carries the story… Girls who know nothing of anorexia will have their eyes opened.”
–The Toronto Star