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by
Rob Harrell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Dial
ISBN
9781984815149
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Language: Mild Language
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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, and packed with comic panels and spot art, 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.

Black-and-white illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

3.9: points 8

Lexile

580L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2020

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Eye diseases. Cancer. Middle schools. Friendship. Family life. Music.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Booklist*

School Library Journal

Ross Maloy is a middle schooler with bigger problems than most. Diagnosed with a rare eye tumor, he is challenged to maintain normalcy despite taxing cancer treatments. Afraid of pity, Ross also fears losing his close friends Abby and Isaac. Ross’s alter ego is Batpig, a character in his comic where he takes refuge from health challenges, relationship problems, anonymous trolls, and hurtful internet memes. He befriends a medical technician who is also a musician, and soon is motivated to learn guitar and perform in a band. The story’s beauty lies in how Ross’s life unfolds and opens. He forms a ragtag group of friends while undergoing monumental challenges. In response to Ross’s cry for normalcy, one close friend, Jerry, says normal shouldn’t be the goal: “Different moves the needle. Different is where the good stuff happens. There’s strength in different.” This title is delightfully good and different. Readers will be interested to know that Harrell draws from his personal experience. There are witty comic panels and other art interspersed throughout the text. Highly recommended.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Ross Maloy is a middle schooler with bigger problems than most. Diagnosed with a rare eye tumor, he is challenged to maintain normalcy despite taxing cancer treatments. Afraid of pity, Ross also fears losing his close friends Abby and Isaac. Ross’s alter ego is Batpig, a character in his comic where he takes refuge from health challenges, relationship problems, anonymous trolls, and hurtful internet memes. He befriends a medical technician who is also a musician, and soon is motivated to learn guitar and perform in a band. The story’s beauty lies in how Ross’s life unfolds and opens. He forms a ragtag group of friends while undergoing monumental challenges. In response to Ross’s cry for normalcy, one close friend, Jerry, says normal shouldn’t be the goal: “Different moves the needle. Different is where the good stuff happens. There’s strength in different.” This title is delightfully good and different. Readers will be interested to know that Harrell draws from his personal experience. There are witty comic panels and other art interspersed throughout the text. Highly recommended.

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