|Publisher:||Random House Childrens Books|
|Publish Date:||Aug 1999|
|Number of Pages:||171|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.25|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.25 x 6.75 x 0.5|
Lurlene McDaniel received a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Before she started writing young adult books, she wrote a magazine column and promos and commercials at a television station. After her children were born, she turned to freelance advertising. When her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, she attended a convention for diabetes and met up with the organizer who connected her with a publishing company specializing in children's books.
Her first book was Kickaroo: The Soccer Playing Kangaroo. She soon realized that writing picture books was not what she wanted to do, so she wrote Will Never Dance Again, about a girl who is diagnosed with diabetes. Thus began her career writing stories about teenagers who overcome life altering illnesses and the lessons learned. Over the course of her career, she has written over 40 books, received the RITA Award for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and has been recognized three times with the IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award.
Gr 8-10-Romance and life-threatening illnesses abound when several characters from previous series entries are reunited at Jenny House, a camp for seriously ill young people and their families. Former campers Katie and her ex-boyfriend, Josh, are reunited here as counselors, and readers learn that track-star Katie is actually a heart-transplant survivor and that Josh's brother was the donor. A summer working in close proximity brings the couple's romantic feelings back to the surface, feelings that are forced into the open after he has a terrible riding accident that threatens to leave him paralyzed. The author portrays the young adults well, showing their insecurities and strengths. Although death does hover in the background, the story is not depressing.
-Kendra Nan Skellen, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
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Katie O'Roark is thrilled to learn that Jenny House is being rebuilt. After the fire last year, Katie thought she could never return to the camp, where she spent the summers with teens like her who faced medical odds stacked against them. But thanks to Richard Holloway's efforts, Katie and her longtime friends Lacey and Chelsea will work as counselors once again. They'll be joined by Megan, Morgan, and Eric, who are newcomers to Jenny House but who have experienced the generosity of One Last Wish Foundation.
It's not until Katie arrives at camp that she discovers that Josh Martel, her former boyfriend, is also a counselor. Being near Josh again brings back a flood of old emotions for Katie. And when Josh confronts unexpected adversity, Katie knows she has to work out her feelings for him. Through the heart transplant she underwent years ago, Katie miraculously received a gift of new life. Now she must discover how to make the most of that precious gift and choose her future.