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Warhead

By: Jeff Henigson

It’s 1986, and Jeff is an average fifteen-year-old: he thinks a lot about dating, he bounces around with his friends, and he’s trying his hardest to get a car. Conversely, the world around him feels crazy: the United States and the Soviet Union are at glaring odds, with their leaders in a standoff, and that awful word, “nuclear,” is on everyone’s mind. Then, boom—Jeff learns that he has brain cancer and it’s likely terminal. Well, that puts a damper on his summer plans and romantic prospects, doesn’t it?

Jeff’s family rallies around him, but they are fiercely complicated—especially Jeff’s father, a man who can’t say “I love you” even during the worst of Jeff’s treatment. So when the Starlight Children’s Foundation offers to grant Jeff a wish, he makes one certain to earn his father’s respect: he asks to travel to Moscow and meet with Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss nuclear disarmament and ending the Cold War. Nothing like achieving world peace to impress a distant father, right? Jeff has always been one to aim high.

Afterword. “A Letter.” Further information about the Cold War.

ISBN: 9780525647904

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language
Topics: Jeff Henigson (1971– ) , Memoirs , Starlight Children’s Foundation , Brain cancer , Cancer in children , Cancer patients , Nuclear disarmament , Antinuclear movement , Soviet Union

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Henigson’s heartfelt and funny memoir captures his tumultuous teenage years during the Cold War. At 15, he survived a bike accident, experienced seizures for the first time, and was diagnosed with brain cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, Henigson did his best to put on a brave face for his anxious mother, emotionally d Henigson’s heartfelt and funny memoir captures his tumultuous teenage years during the Cold War. At 15, he survived a bike accident, experienced seizures for the first time, and was diagnosed with brain cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, Henigson did his best to put on a brave face for his anxious mother, emotionally distant father, and best friend, Paul. In a cancer support group meeting, Henigson learned that many of the other teens had their wishes granted by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which could grant his wish, too. After giving it much thought, he decided on a wish he hoped would make his father proud—to travel to the Soviet Union and talk peace with Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. While met with resistance, Henigson was able to make the trip alongside the Youth Ambassadors of America. His time there was life changing. Despite not being able to meet Gorbachev, the author formed friendships with both American and Soviet teens, was interviewed by Soviet media, and had an invaluable conversation with famous scientist Dr. Evgeny Velikhov. After returning to the States, Henigson faced additional struggles. He felt his parents were disinterested in learning about the trip, and his closest friend from the cancer support group passed away. The book is filled with many painful memories but still peppered with humor throughout. Henigson’s strength, passion, and conviction will inspire readers. A unique and informative addition to any high school or YA biography collection.

Book Details

ISBN

9780525647904

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Random House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language

Topics

Jeff Henigson (1971– ), Memoirs, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Brain cancer, Cancer in children, Cancer patients, Nuclear disarmament, Antinuclear movement, Soviet Union,

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