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See Entire Series: Orca Soundings
Item #: 296-5 Includes: Paperback book
Price: $13.00
Reading Level (Grade): 2.30 Interest Level (Age): 12-18+
Author(s): Ellen Schwartz

With a life-threatening disease, Brendan must find the strength to fight—and survive.
Brendan has it all-captain of the basketball team, good friends, a beautiful girlfriend and a loving family—until he is diagnosed with leukemia. Terrified and convinced that no one understands what he is going through, Brendan faces chemotherapy alone, until he meets Lark. She is also in treatment, although her condition is much worse, and 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.
128 pages

"I'm afraid I have bad news, Brendan. It's leukemia." It goes right by me. I don't even hear it. I'm so prepared to hear anything else—a virus, mono, meningitis, even avian flu—that it's only when my mom gasps that my mind backs up, rewinds the tape, and I actually hear what he just said. Leukemia. I'm going to die. It can't be. It must be someone else. Will it hurt? Leukemia is for pathetic-looking bald kids with big eyes. Leukemia is for wasted bodies lying in hospital beds. Not me. Is there treatment? Is there a cure? I'm going to die.