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7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner          
7th Grade Revolution
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Liana Gardner
(Ages 9-12)
         


Barbara Dee

Dear Librarians,

Delighted to share TWO starred reviews of my new middle grade novel, HALFWAY NORMAL: "A powerful story not only about illness, but about accepting yourself for who you are — no matter the experiences that shaped you" (Kirkus) and "a powerful story about surviving and thriving after serious illness" (School Library Journal). Just heard it's a Junior Library Guild pick, too!

As the mom of a cancer patient, I passionately believe kids need stories about resilience, both to build character and to develop empathy. HALFWAY NORMAL is about strong, smart Norah, back in seventh grade after two years of cancer treatment. How much should she tell classmates? How much will they understand? Will the study of Greek myths help explain some complex emotions? And how can she move forward with a whole new "normal"?  Jordan Sonnenblick (DRUMS, GIRLS and DANGEROUS PIE) calls HALFWAY NORMAL "a remarkable novel...lovely, heartbreaking, warm, funny, and ultimately hopeful."

Email Barbara@BarbaraDeeBooks.com for a chance to win a copy.

Can't wait for you to read this book, so close to my heart!

Barbara Dee
www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com

"A powerful story about surviving and thriving after serious illness." —School Library Journal, Starred review

"The moment that really sings is when Norah realizes that there are some life experiences that change you forever, and that's not always a bad thing. Dee, whose acknowledgments hint at family experience with childhood cancer, does an exceptional job accurately depicting Norah's struggles in a way that is translatable to those with varied understanding of illness. A powerful story not only about illness, but about accepting yourself for who you are — no matter the experiences that shaped you." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred review

"In writing this remarkable novel, Barbara Dee has performed an amazing feat. She has traveled to places you hope you will never have to go and then drawn a lovely, heartbreaking, warm, funny, and ultimately hopeful map of the way home." —Jordan Sonnenblick, DRUMS, GIRLS AND DANGEROUS PIE

"Barbara Dee has an unfailing sense of the dynamics of middle school social life. Spot-on portrayals of friends and family relationships frame a powerful main character who's determined to find her way back. HALFWAY NORMAL has a brave, kind heart — as tender and triumphant as the main character herself." —Karen Romano Young, HUNDRED PERCENT
Halfway Normal / Barbara Dee / Simon & Schuster

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-1481478519 / Published: September, 2017

Ages 9-13 / Hardcover / Middle Grade fiction
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