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When 13-year-old Dawn Rochelle is diagnosed with  leukemia, she's scared. While in the hospital  undergoing chemotherapy, Dawn meets Sandy, who also  has cancer. Dawn and Sandy battle the disease  together, and remain best friends even after they both  go into remission and return home. But when Sandy  gets sick again, Dawn wonders what the future  holds both for Sandy and herself.

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Six Months to Live

by Lurlene McDaniel

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Six Months to Live is a quick read perfect for any teenager whose life has been touched by cancer. Thirteen-year-old Dawn is devastated when she learns she has leukemia, but author Lurlene McDaniels tackles the heavy subject with honesty and quiet optimism. Dawn’s hospital stay is clearly described, and the emotional toll cancer takes is thoroughly discussed. A good portion of Six Months to Live addresses life during remission, particularly Dawn’s time at a cancer summer camp for teenagers. Readers will celebrate as Dawn participates in camp activities, makes lifelong friends and even finds summer romance. 

Six Months to Live is an informative and entertaining read. It offers an optimal balance of encouragement and experience for the designated teenage audience.

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There is no profanity or violence in this book.

Sexual content includes two teenage girls being kissed by two teenage boys. This was sweet and not sexual in connotation.

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There are several mature themes that deal with cancer: hardship, sickness, death, and fear. Some of the physical side effects of Dawn’s treatment are listed, which may be upsetting to some readers. Other themes include family, friendships, hope and love.

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