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Book of Note, Tri-State Reading Council

Starred Selection, Best Books, Canadian Children’s Book Centre


Brendan, captain of the basketball team, has it all – good friends, a hot girlfriend and a loving family – until he is diagnosed with leukemia. Terrified and bitter, Brendan faces chemotherapy alone, until he meets Lark. She is also in treatment, though her condition is much worse – yet she remains positive and hopeful. Brendan is torn between feeling sorry for himself and the love for life that Lark brings to even the simplest thing. Through Lark, he discovers the strength to go on, to fight for survival and to love.


"Genuinely moving." - CM Magazine


“A powerful look at teenagers with life-threatening illness.” – Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee


“Schwartz captures the awkwardness and pain of those dealing with such a diagnosis.”Booklist


Orca Book Publishers, 2010

ISBN 978-1-55469-296-5, 115 pages, paperback, ages 11 to 15

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