• 184 Pages
  • 6" x 8"
  • 9780807574584
  • January 1996

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  • January 1996

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  • She writes in an approachable, familiar way, and readers will be hooked from the first page on…Although this is an excellent record of the progress of the disease, it is also a fascinating account of how an ordinary girl with crushes and homecoming dreams had to live for part of her adolescence in an artificial, restricted environment…An honest and well-done book.

    - School Library Journal

  • A simple, direct, and sometimes self-deprecating style of writing tenderly draws readers into Kehret’s experiences and the effects of the disease firsthand. Almost a half-century later, this lovely book refocuses attention on what matters most: health, love of family, friends, determination, generosity, and compassion.

    - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Awards & Accolades

  • 1997 ALA Notable Books for Children
  • 1997 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
  • 1996 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction
  • 1998 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award (Vermont)
  • 1998-1999 Mark Twain Award (Missouri)
  • 1998 Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award
  • 1997 Pen Center USA West Literary Award
  • 1998-1999 Texas Bluebonnet Award, Runner-Up
  • 1998-1999 William Allen White Master Reading List (Kansas)
  • 1998-1999 Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Master List
  • 1998-1999 Sequoyah Book Award Master List (Oklahoma)
  • 1998-1999 Volunteer State Book Award Master List (Tennessee)
  • 1998-1999 NH Great Stone Face Children's Book Award Master List
  • 1999 Sasquatch Reading Award Master List (Washington State)
  • 2000-2001 Iowa Children's Choice Awards Master List
  • 2001 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Master List (Illinois)
  • 2001 Young Hoosier Book Award
  • 2015 Bluestem Book Award Master List

Common Core



  • Accelerated Reader Points: 4.00
  • ATOS Level: 5.20