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A story about cancer (with a happy ending)

by Desjardins, India, 1976-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
Available (9)
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA DESJARDINS India
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA DESJARDINS India
Brentwood Library Juvenile Fiction JUV Desjardi
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  JUV Desjardi
Green Tree Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA DES
Location  Green Tree Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA DES
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y DESJARDINS INDIA
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA DESJARDINS India
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA DESJARDINS India
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC DESJA
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Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC DESJA
Northland Public Library Teen Graphic Novels TEEN GN Desjardins
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Graphic Novels
Call Number  TEEN GN Desjardins
Scott Township Library Fiction FIC DESJAR STORY [YA]
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Collection  Fiction
Wilkinsburg Public Library Young Adult FIC DES YA GN
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
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When visiting a hospital in Montreal, Quebec, a few years ago, best-selling author India Desjardins met a 10-year-old girl with leukemia. The girl told her she that she was fed up. All the stories about children like her who had cancer had sad endings, so she didn't want to read them. She asked India to write a story about cancer with a happy ending instead, one with laughter and romance. India did, and the story became this book.

I think about everything I'll miss if they tell me I'm going to die...my mom, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows I'll never get to see the end of, walking outside when it's really nice, the smell of autumn, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpa's lasagna, kissing Victor, Victor's eyes, Victor's voice, Victor's smell, Victor's hands...Victor.

A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she's got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point...the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family, and her new boyfriend Victor.

While this story has a happy ending, the girl offers an honest account of what it feels like to be a teenager with cancer . Like how she just wants everyone to treat her like a normal person and stop telling her how strong she is--especially her mom. And how, even though everyone is telling her to stay positive, she sometimes loses hope and even wants to die to make the pain go away. Dreamlike illustrations elegantly convey the emotional complexities.

Like the girl in this story, the girl that India met at the hospital is now cured. She also fell in love during her illness. Today, around eight out of ten children who are diagnosed with cancer are cured. This story was written to give any child who has cancer hope.
Additional Information
Subjects Leukemia -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :2019
Contributors Ferrer, Marianne, 1990- illustrator.
Ouellet, Solange, translator.
Language English
Notes "Originally published in French by Les Editions de la Pasteque" -- t.p. verso
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781786039774
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