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Publisher's Summary

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, 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.

©2020 Rob Harrell (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Heartfelt, humorous, soul-searching plot... This page-turner is not to be missed." (Booklist starred review)

"Amusing black-and-white comics trace his unsavory experiences, capture the ironies of his predicament, and underline his creativity and sense of humor.... This lively novel showcases the author’s understanding of middle school angst amid the protagonist’s experience with a serious illness." Publishers Weekly starred review)

"The author balances this anger element well against the typical middle-grade tropes.... While some of these elements will feel familiar, the novel's emotional climax remains effectively earned.... Not your typical kid-with-cancer book." (Kirkus)

"The story’s beauty lies in how Ross’s life unfolds and opens.... This title is delightfully good and different. Highly recommended." (School Library Journal)

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Not just for middle schoolers

Loved this audio book. Middle school is tough enough without throwing cancer, therapy, side effects, bullies, and best friends moving away into the mix. My favorite part was the talent show with Ross giving way to wild abandon. Great distraction during the covid-19 stay at home rules. I'm a grandparent, so this book isn't just for middle schoolkids.

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What a amazing book for a trip

This book is such a good book to listen to while traveling or so I found it was. During my trip to my grandparents I got this book and wow so good seriously I loved listen to it and the story of it was really good.

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great book

listened to this in the car with my kids every morning in the way to school. we all loved it ages 8,10, 37

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i had to read this for school

it was ok insted of reading it just just got the audio book instead the book was ok

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Wink

This book was terrible. Def not recommend. If you want to listen to a book do not pick this one.
Great Topic Tho!!!

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Awesome great best boom ever

That is my new favorite book that was awesome can you should make another book

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SO well written

This book has you bouncing from laughing, to crying, to reminiscing. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It captures real emotions in a creative way and the characters feel like real people. 10/10

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Great story for family with kids listening

Our whole family enjoyed it. Some teachable moments to discuss. Very funny too! highly recommend!

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