Eighth grade is not the easiest grade to handle. Most of us want to forget our middle school days. Now imagine being known as the teens in remission. Jeff and Tad have spent most of their childhood in and out of hospitals dealing with cancer. The two friends have a special bond because of the struggles they endured as children surviving cancer. The two survived but suffer the aftereffects of the treatments. Jeff has a limp and has problems concentrating in class. Tad is in a wheelchair. Now throw in the eighth grade standardized tests that must be passed in order to graduate and move on to high school. Other students don't understand the aftereffects and are thinking the two have an easy life, because they get some perks from the teachers. To make things even worse, Jeff's older brother, Steven, who has always been there for him when he needed him, day or night, just up and decides to go to Africa for the year to study drums and cut off all ties with Jeff. Jeff is feeling the pressure at school and home. The characters and their relationships with each other are very well developed. A good read that depicts the everyday life of teens that have faced many, many challenges. Check catalog for availability.
- submitted by Gail @ Zablocki