Cold Hands, Warm Heart (Hardcover)

By Jill Wolfson

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805082821, 245pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

List Price: 17.99*
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Dani was born with her heart on the wrong side of her body. In her fifteen years of life, she's had more doctor's appointments, X-rays, and tests, and eaten more green hospital Jell-O than she cares to think about. Fourteen-year-old Amanda is a competitive gymnast, her body a small package of sleek muscles, in perfect health. The two girls don't know each other, don't go to the same school, don't have any friends in common. But their lives are about to collide.

Acclaimed author Jill Wolfson tackles this fascinating story with her trademark honesty and wit.

About the Author

JILL WOLFSON is the author of the highly acclaimed novels What I Call Life and Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Praise For Cold Hands, Warm Heart


“Organ transplants tell a Janus-faced story: Someone lives; someone dies. If you're already saying, "Who wants a book about that?" Wolfson's book will get you over that and into an intense, likable reading experience…Many readers will pick this book up tentatively and stay on, transfixed.”—Chicago Tribune

“Detailed, accurate descriptions of medical procedures are leavened with humor and sincerity, providing a powerful, multifaceted exploration of ethics, love and the celebration of life.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“The social and psychological ramifications of organ transplantation on the lives of recipients and the family members of the recently deceased fuel the plot of this well-written novel...Showing teens confronting unexpected emotions in both themselves and others, this novel is sure to please fans of realistic but gentle teen romance or medical stories.”—Booklist

“The subject is immediately gripping, and the book is genuinely thoughtful…the emotional subject will likely grab readers looking for a melodramatic good time.”—BCCB

“Told from multiple viewpoints, the book is effective at showing the complexities of emotions that surround organ donation and transplantation processes.”—VOYA