Saturday, May 2, 2009

side effects by Amy Goldman Koss

I have always liked how Goldman Koss tackles tough issues in her books and this one is no exception- it is small but mighty!

Izzy is a typical 8th grade girl. She is not impressed with her parents and school, she is boy crazy and loyal to her friends. When she mentions to her mom one morning that her glands are swollen, she is suddenly swept into a situation that she has no control over. Chemo, radiation, feeling terrible and losing her hair are just the beginning of her problems. What drives her most crazy is how everyone starts treating her differently. This story shows the horrors that some children are faced with and how there isn't always a sad ending when you hear the word cancer.

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