A few years ago I was watching a television program on heart transplants. My husband, a cardiologist, and one of his patients were featured on the show. But I also noticed a young girl who was waiting for a heart. She was wheeled into the operating room, her face a mixture of fear, excitement and worrynot knowing if this was a new beginning or if she would die.
This girl haunted me. I started to wonder what it would be like if she was a teen. And an athlete. I couldn't stop thinking about it and thus, Emmi and CHANGE OF HEART were born.
Emmi's great life is interrupted when she gets sick and finds she needs a new heart. How do you live waiting for the phone call that will save your life and still try to keep up with your friendships, schoolwork and life in high school? And how do you hope for someone to die, so you can live?
Readers have come away from CHANGE OF HEART feeling a renewed sense of gratitudefor their health, their friends and their lives. I didn't intend that when I wrote it, but I love that this is what people are taking from it.
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Change of Heart / Shari Maurer / WestSide Books
Price: $16.95 / ISBN: 978-1934813362 / Published: June, 2010
Ages 13+ / YA