Brushing Mom's Hair (Hardcover)

By Andrea Cheng, Nicole Wong (Illustrator)

Wordsong, 9781590785997, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

List Price: 17.95*
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When your mom has breast cancer, how do you cope? Ann is just short of fifteen when Mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. How can she tell the girls in ballet class that her mother had her breasts cut off? Her matter-of-fact sister, Jane, takes charge at home; her brother, Nick, calls from California; Dad helps when he can, as do friends, teachers, and relatives. Still, Ann is consumed with worry. Who's going to make sure that Mom drinks enough water, like the doctor said? Unless she is dancing or making pottery, Ann feels completely alone. She has a book that says, "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff." Even cancer?

About the Author

Andrea Cheng teaches English as a second language in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants and grew up among extended family members, many of whom survived the Holocaust. Her family spoke mostly Hungarian at home. Her novels include The Bear Makers, The Lace Dowry, and Eclipse.

Nicole Wong is the illustrator of Imagine a Rainbow by Brenda Miles and Always My Grandpa by Linda Scacco, among other titles. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Praise For Brushing Mom's Hair

"Worthy and moving." --Kirkus Reviews

"A great choice for poetry classes, as well as for bereavement counseling." --Booklist

"It is reassuring in the gentle way it normalizes a teen's experiences and emotions as [Ann's] family copes with major illness." --School Library Journal