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A hilarious and heartwrenching story about surviving middle school--and an unthinkable diagnosis--while embracing life's weirdness.

Ross Maloy just wants to be a normal seventh grader. He doesn't want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don't know what to say to the cancer kid. But with his recent diagnosis of a rare eye cancer, blending in is off the table.

Based on Rob Harrell's real life experience, and packed with comic panels and spot art, this incredibly personal and poignant novel is an unforgettable, heartbreaking, hilarious, and uplifting story of survival and finding the music, magic, and laughter in life's weirdness.

Author: Rob Harrell
Publisher: Dial Books
Published: 03/31/2020
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.50w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781984815149
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.9
Point Value: 8
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 508415 / Wink

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2019
School Library Journal 02/01/2020 pg. 65
Publishers Weekly 02/03/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2020
Booklist 02/15/2020 pg. 81
Shelf Awareness 04/03/2020

About the Author
Rob Harrell created the Life of Zarf series, the graphic novel Monster on the Hill, and also writes and draws the long-running daily comic strip Adam@Home, which appears in more than 140 papers worldwide. He created and drew the internationally syndicated comic strip Big Top until 2007. He lives with his wife in Indiana.

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