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Philip Skyler learned early in his life that his face would get him into trouble and there was nothing he could do about it. Born with an extreme facial deformity, Philip became an easy target for stares, sneers, and bullying.

Though medical scientists named his condition Van der Woude syndrome, his classmates, especially the bullies, just called him "Monkeyface".  The Monkeyface Chronicles is his sweet story of revenge.

Philip's aphorism-toting grandfather used to say, "Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect," and Philip Skyler keeps that advice with him as he embarks on a life journey of payback that has everything to do with cause and effect. Philip's quest leads him through the most circumstances, where no one is really who they seem to be.

While riding his father's motorcycle to Toronto to escape the dregs of hid fading, too-small hometown, Philip has a life-changing experience that transforms him into the hero he never imagined he could be.

Reviews of
The Monkeyface Chronicles

"The multi-layered, engrossing, complex tale reveals a unique coming-of-age novel
peopled by characters whose strengths and weaknesses form a framework for the plot twists.

In remarkable, keenly observed detail, (Scarsbrook) excels at capturing
ordinary and extraordinary moments of life in a tale to
engage and entertain readers of any age."

****/Four Stars

"Highly Recommended."

- CM Magazine, Volume XVII Number 2 (September 10, 2010)



"This is a frenetic trip,
and Richard Scarsbrook packs a wallop of modern day ills and Canadiana into 300 pages.
This page turner rocks and rolls,
and if you're interested in fundamental Christians, sex, hockey, Toronto, motorcycles,
homemade porno, small town politics, dysfunctional families, profanity, wine, and cemeteries,
then this is the book for you.

Scarsbrook is an excellent writer with great comic overtones. . .
Philip is a very likeable protagonist who sometimes appears to be the only character in the book with his feet on the ground. He is totally appealing."

- Resource Links magazine, Volume 15, Number 5


This book is a wild ride!
It starts with a kid who is picked on at school and doesn't fight back, so I was totally on board. Then it goes careening off in several different directions.

The story is both small, in the sense of having characters that are very real,
and epic, in the scale of the story.
It reminds me of the books of Paul Quarrington and John Irving,
creating an over-the-top yet close-to-real world."

- Ann Ewan, Author of Firedrake and Brondings' Honour


"Richard Scarsbrook's third novel for young adults demonstrates his versatility with
a very powerful and dramatic story. . .

There are many dramatic and unexpected twists in this novel,
but there is also a liberal amount of humour and irony,
which keeps it both entertaining and readable. . .

Fans of the author's previous works will not be disappointed."


Canadian Children's Book News, Summer 2010



"The Monkeyface Chronicles
a riveting read aimed at the YA crowd.
It's a story of adolescent revenge played out against a backdrop of the extremes of modern life.
The book is a real page turner and hard to put down. . . .
If it were a TV program it would come complete with a warning about everything.
But, oddly likeable."

Four out of Five Stars ("Really Liked It")

- Anne Letain, from


"A dark story about bullying with
numerous twists,
that still finishes with
a hopeful yet bittersweet ending. 

It reminds us that no matter how messed up our families may be,
often, they are are our strongest and most important bonds."

Four out of Five Stars ("Really Liked It")

Rachel Siegel, from

is the
Ontario Library Association's
2011 White Pine Award!!!


Go watch (or relive) the fun of the Awards Ceremony at Harbourfront in Toronto
(with a recap, photos, and videos)

Order your copy
walk into your
local independent book store,
and ask for
The Monkeyface Chronicles!


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Teachers and Librarians!
You can get the ebook at Follett, OverDrive, and Baker and Taylor.

Happy reading!

2011 WINNER!