Sunday, September 29, 2013

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.


Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce. Megan hates having cancer, and hates having to be on the pediactric ward with the little kids. The only other teen is annoying and arrogant Jackson, but he's the only one who understands what she's going through. But the cancer ward isn't the most promising place to find love.

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie. Twice, Dani should have died. Twice, she walked away. Dani's sure she has nine lives. But now her twin sister has cancer. Can Dani give her one of her lives?

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork. Pancho is trying to find the guy who killed his sister, so he can murder him. But then he meets DQ, who has brain cancer and is just trying to live his last days on his own terms.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Greg isn't pleased when his mom makes him hang out with Rachel, a girl with leukemia. He and Earl just like to hang out and make movies. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, they have one last movie to make.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham. We're all going to die, but for Tessa Scott, it's going to happen sooner rather than later. She has cancer and has only a few months left. Before she dies, she has a list of the things she wants to accomplish. Travel. Fame. Love. And because she'll never see her seventeenth birthday, Sex. Drugs. A little law-breaking. A day where she has to says "yes" to everything. A day of living before her body fails her for good.

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt. Mia's always checking her horoscope and looking for a sign about life decisions. When she gets cancer (and decides to keep it a secret from everyone) she becomes even more obsessed with the stars and other superstitions, this time, the sign she's looking for is one that will tell her if she'll survive.


Stravaganza City of Masks by Mary Hoffman. By day, Lucien is in bed, sick with cancer. By night, he goes to Belleza, an alternate historical Venice. There, he discovers a plot against the ruling family, but saving Duchessa may mean not being able to return to his real life, but will he want to, if he's just going to die?

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon. Richard's family and doctors are doing everything they can to keep him alive as long as possible, but he's in hospice and his days are numbered and he's determined to live them on his own terms.

The Look by Sophia Bennett. Ted's modeling career is starting to take off--right when her sister Ava's cancer treatment starts kicking into high gear. Ava is excited for Ted and encourages her career, but Ted feels like she's missing what's really important.

We also looked at childhood cancer in June. What books are missing from our lists?

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