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Author:  Fiona Wood


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

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

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Jun 03,2015

I first read this book in year eight. 

It continues to be one of my library go-to books. 

There is this fantastic melding of flavours of emotions in this novel - it makes you feel happy and sad and giggly and angry and nostalgic all at once. Dan is such a matter-of-fact narrator, but he is also an intense dreamer. Six Impossible Things is full of the oxymorons that make life what it is. There are a great number of struggles the characters face, but the way these 14 and 15 year olds take on what is happening around them, you can rest assured that the future for us might not be so bad.

Wood's characters will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading this wonderful book, and you will want them to be a part of your world for a very long time.

Simply, a lIfe-changing book.

Nov 12,2014

This book is very different to all the other books I have read. Until I was half way through the book I got bored by it and it felt like a lifetime to read just one chapter! I think this was partly from it having a male lead. But after the half way point I couldn't put it down. It took some very intersting turns some I even predicted but over all it was quite good. If you ever get the chance you should read it and even if it doesn't catch your attention, sick with it, I like the ending!!!

enjoy chookwriter

Mar 07,2014

Six Impossible Things is about a 14 year old boy named Dan Cereill, who is a complete ‘nerd’. Dan Cereill’s world turns completely upside down when his father left his mother after telling her he was ‘gay’. Splitting the family left them very poor. Dan’s mother tried to start up a not so successful wedding cake business. She would usually talk her customers out of getting married, pushing her customers away rather than helping them. Although Dan’s aunty died and left the family her home, they continued to struggle financially. 


My most memorable aspect of the book was the most important of Dan’s problems . . . He was in love with Estelle, the girl living next door to him, however it seemed impossible for him to ever be with her. She was portrayed in the book as very popular and although Dan knew everything about Estelle, she barely even knew of his existence. Making life even harder for Dan was the fact that he had to move schools and no one liked him at either one.


I really enjoyed this book because the characters were very interesting and real. This book made me feel like I was part of it and some scenes were very relatable. Although there were moments that made me cringe, other parts were also quite funny. I don’t generally enjoy reading but this book encouraged me because I just wanted to know what would happen next and I couldn’t put it down.

I would recommend this book for people between 12 and17 years of age who like a love story with some humour in it. 


By Catherine Walsh 8 Green

Sep 24,2013

I'm a 12 year old girl in high school and I usually hate reading books.

Until I found this one. I reccomend it for 11-17 years, this book is funny and realistic and who wouldn't love it? It is quite easy to read and Fiona Wood has set it out brilliantly. My favourite book by far! There is some swearing in this book.

I reccommend this book to people aged 11-17 years.

Jun 23,2013

'Tis cute and fun, happy light reading :)

Mar 22,2013
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Six Impossible Things

Author- Fiona Wood

Six Impossible Things is a surprising yet thought-provoking chapter book based on survival, written by the Australian author Fiona Wood. The book is set in a present-day neighbourhood and tells the story of a young man called Dan Cereill going though a chain of misfortunes.

The story begins with Dan Cereill finding out that his father is gay and his mother has gone bankrupt and doesn't have any more money for his private school. A related family member soon passes away and Dan and his mother inherit her house. Right next door is his biggest crush, Estelle. Before starting school Dan decides to write a list of six impossible things he will try to complete before the end of the year and his mother decides to start her own wedding cake business. When he enters his new school he is called various name such as nerd, weirdo and soon enough Cake Boy.

Readers will also take delight in how the book shows much similarity to the modern world today. Undoubtedly, one of the most brilliant chapters, would be when Dan decides to read Estelle's journal and to find the secret of who she has a crush on.

Fiona Wood certainly challenges the normal perceptions of school and home in this well written book. 11 years and up will enjoy the discussion on how Dan managed to survive through his bad deeds and misfortune with his family. Although the book has a bit of Coarse language it has an amazing impact on adults and children who have been through similar experience as those dealt with in the novel. 


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