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 Sw 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 t be able to control her parents behavior, but she can decide what she will and will t 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 arexia, is the core of this fine, insightful vel. Marnelle Tokio s semi autobiographical story will resonate with every teenager who faces issues of family, body image, and self-confidence.
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.