Teenagers Face to Face With Cancer-Karen Gravelle, Bertram A. John

  • Title: Teenagers Face to Face With Cancer
  • Author: Karen Gravelle, Bertram A. John
  • Released: 1986-10-01
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  • Pages: 118
  • ISBN: 0671545493
  • ISBN13: 978-0671545499
  • ASIN: 0671545493


From School Library Journal Grade 7 Up Teenagers with cancer and those in remission describe their treatments and how they've coped with having cancer. The authors interject facts about common teen cancers and provide psychological guidance for each teen's situation. Although this book is good supplemental reading, some of the information seems unnecessary, such as a chart that shows what type of cancer the teens who helped in the writing of this book had, and when they became ill. The authors mention that the effects of cancer treatment on patients ``can hamper their efforts at establishing romantic relationships with others of the opposite sex.'' Since homosexual teens with cancer have the same problems, ``of the opposite sex'' seems unnecessary. Although these are minor details, the book is not packed with powerful new material. At times the text is preachy and rambling. More information on cancer is available in Fine's Afraid to Ask (Lothrop, 1986), and more teen accounts of dealing with family illness and death are available in Richter's Losing Someone You Love (Putnam, 1986). This one is not remarkable, just a step in the right direction. Ruth Amernick, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review "...demonstrates clearly how having cancer changes young people--and how from such trouble can emerge such strength." -- Starred Review: Booklist, January 1987 --This text refers to the edition. pdf
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