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A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending
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India Desjardins Marianne Ferrer
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A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending

India Desjardins Marianne Ferrer


Frances Lincoln Publisher

Children's & Educational;
Romance & relationships stories (Children's&YA);
Comic strip fiction & graphic novels (Children's&YA);
Personal & social issues: body & health (Children's&YA)


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I think about everything Ill miss if they tell me Im going to die... my mum, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows Ill never get to see the end of, walking outside when its really nice, the smell of autumn, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpas lasagna, kissing Victor, Victors eyes, Victors voice, Victors smell, Victors hands... Victor. A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time shes 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. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. Its about life, love, and especially, hope.

By:   India Desjardins
Illustrated by:   Marianne Ferrer
Imprint:   Frances Lincoln Publisher
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 162mm, 
ISBN:   9781786032188
ISBN 10:   178603218X
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   February 2019
Recommended Age:   From 10 to 14 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marianne Ferrer was born in Venezuela. She came to Canada in 1998 to pursue her artistic tendencies. There, she acquired several illustration techniques, eventually finding her distinctive deep, moody style. She currently works as a freelance illustrator in Montreal.India Desjardins is a French-Canadian writer who lives in Quebec. Her eight-book series The Journal of Aurelie Laflamme has been adapted for the big screen and sold more than 2 million copies in the French language. Her picture book, Marguerites Christmas, illustrated by Pascal Blanchet, won the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Fiction Prize. She has also written two volumes of the comic La Celibataire.

'affecting and striking... It's honest, raw and emotional, but also hopeful too' * BookTrust * 'This no-holds-barred story is a real emotional roller coaster but the first person telling serves to bring a sense of calm to the whole sequence of events, be they dark or bright. Ferrer's almost dreamlike, at times, surreal visuals, highlight the intensity of feeling' * Red Reading Hub * 'realistic and moving [it] sensitively explores a young person's feelings... It is a perfect book for building empathy and understanding and provides an invaluable resource for children affected by cancer, enabling difficult conversations about fears and hopes and the wider impact of the illness within the family.' * Just Imagine * ...a low-key but effective take on a deadly disease. -Booklist * Booklist * 'the illustrations are amazing...a superb book for people of all ages to share and learn from.' * JUNO magazine * ...captures the experience of childhood cancer with quiet, empathetic prose...will inspire hope through its raw and honest vulnerability. -Foreword Reviews * Foreword Reviews * BOOK OF THE WEEK 'This is beautiful. Beautifully written, beautifully translated and really beautifully illustrated... It's ridiculously early to call Book of the Year 2019 but this really should be in that list. It's that good.' * ReaditDaddy * The first-person narration lends an introspective sense of calm to the dark circumstances, and the sensitivity with which Desjardins imagines the girl's emotions and familial relationships makes the journey personal. -Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly * Visually dreamlike, textually grounded... -Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW * Kirkus Reviews *

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