Saturday, June 22, 2013

International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

June is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To mark it, we have a list with young people with cancer.


Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy. Lucy was nine when she was diagnosed with cancer. By the time she was 14, it was gone, but she with 1/3 of her jaw missing. She spent the next twenty years in and out of reconstructive surgery, wishing to look like everyone else and wishing that people would look beyond her face to who she really is.

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. Steven is a fairly average 8th grader, playing in jazz band and trying to figure out girls, but then his 5-year-old brother Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, throwing his family and his year, into tailspin. Be sure to check out the sequel, After Ever After.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Hazel is dying of cancer, but gets a last chance at life when she meets August in her Cancer Support Group. As the two fall in love and count down their remaining days, they take a trip to Amsterdam to find out more about the ending of a favorite book.


Regine's Book: A Teen Girl's Last Words by Regine Stokke translated from the Norwegian by Henriette Larsen. Regine was 17 when she was diagnosed with cancer. She immediately started blogging her emotional and physical journey as she tried to balance her life with her illness. Her blog was immensely popular and Norway and influential in getting more people to sign up to be blood and marrow donors. This book compiles her blog (translated into English) with selected comments, her photography and artwork.

I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler. Kristina is beautiful, sporty, and popular. Her younger sister Tess is quiet and smart, with only 1 friend. But then Kristina gets cancer and Tess's life is turned upside down. Her parents can't handle the reality of the situation and Kristina's popularity puts Tess in the spotlight as the entire school wants updates on her condition.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson. In the Martin family, when you turn 15 you're put in charge of one of the suites in the family's hotel, and any guests that might stay there. When SCarlett turns 15, she gets the biggest suite in the place, and the weirdest, most demanding guest. In addition to tending to all of Mrs. Amberson's wishes, Scarlett also had to deal with her wacky family. Her youngest sister, Marlene, is very spoiled and not nice, but you're not allowed to ever get mad at her, because she's a cancer survivor. Follow it with Scarlett Fever.


Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic. Austin's days are numbered. Before he dies, he wants to experience life and try to heal some of the hurt that surrounds him. With the help of his friends, he tries to fix the problems in the lives of those he cares about, as well as checking items off his revised bucket list. Poster Boy by Dede Crane. Gray's living the life when his younger sister gets a rare form of cancer. It looks like it had environmental causes, and Gray is determined to discover them and make his sister better--forcing him to give up his hang-out, laid-back life-style.

What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci. Claire has many secrets, the biggest being that she thinks the childhood leukemia that she beat has returned. When Lani, an androgenous stranger, shows up in her small town, she starts to think that Lani may be a floating angel sent to help her. But the town doesn't like outsiders, and Lani's appearance and attitude will prove devastating.

Which books did I miss? June is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so we'll do another list then.

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