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Seventh grade is a tough time for any kid, but Ross has special issues. He’s been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his eye. He has to go through surgery followed by eight weeks of radiation. The medical people are upfront with him, and he knows he might lose his vision or maybe even his life. But Ross puts on his big-boy pants and does what he has to do. One of his two best friends totally ignores Ross and the other will shortly move away. But one of the radiation techs becomes a friend and teaches Ross a LOT about music and even how to play. Some mean kids do some terrible things to Ross as he goes through radiation burn, hair loss, and more that almost bring him to his breaking point.

Author Rob Harrell tapped into his own experience with cancer for this incredibly well-written story. The first-person point of view is perfect for this story because Harrell absolutely nails the language and feelings of a prepubescent boy facing both cancer and seventh grade. This book is filled with heart and humor wrapped in a most compelling story. This is a winner!

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Author Rob Harrell
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 300 pages
Publisher Dial Books
Publish Date 2020-03-31
ISBN 9781984815149
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Issue April 2020
Category Tweens


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