By Amy Goldman Koss
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596432949, 144pp.)
Publication Date: October 3, 2006
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As if it doesn't suck enough to have cancer, practically every time you pick up books or see movies where characters get sick, you know they'll be dead by the last scene. In reality, kids get all kinds of cancers, go through unspeakable torture and painful treatments, but walk away fine in the end. From the acclaimed author of The Girls and Poison Ivy, Side Effects is about the pain, fear, and unlikely comedy of 15-year-old Izzy's journey, told in her own powerful and authentic voice. It is Izzy's story--screams and all.
Amy Goldman Koss is the author of The Girls, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Quick Picks selection, and Poison Ivy, called "fascinating and intriguing" by Publishers Weekly. She lives in Glendale, California.