ABBY, TRIED AND TRUE
By D. Gephart
On sale Date: 3/9/2021
Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
From award-winning middle-grade author, Donna Gephart, comes a powerful novel about friendship and family.
Seventh-grader Abby is a softy-spoken, endearing protagonist who must find inner strength when her brother, Paul, is diagnosed with testicular cancer and her best (and only) friend moves away.
Through Abbie's eyes, Gephart honestly explores the impact of Paul's cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment on the family unit.
The heaviness of this situation is lightened by Abby's developing feelings for her new neighbor, the cute and sensitive Conrad. Her supportive mom's and extended family are equally endearing.
An extended author's note provides information about Gephart's personal struggles with ovarian cancer as well as information specific to testicular cancer.
This is an important read for those wishing to learn more about cancer treatment or supporting a loved one with cancer. Hopefully, it will also increase awareness of testicular cancer (and the importance of early diagnosis) amongst middle-grade readers.
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