Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

This book is one of those that stays with you long after you've finished it.  The story of two teenagers who meet in hospital where they are both being treated for cancer.  It doesn't sound like a cheerful subject does it?  But this book is full of real moments of humour, it is the story of two very real sounding teenagers and they both have plenty to deal with in their lives without having to deal with cancer as well!  Zac is a great kid, friendly, dealing with a Mum who wants to befriend everyone in the ward where he is trapped in isolation as he nears the end of his treatment.  Mia on the other hand is prickly, loud, full of anger and screams at her Mum in a very unrestrained way.  They seem unlikely friends but after a rocky start they become very close.

I think that it will appeal to students who like a story that feels real, those who like to read a story with heart and those who want a book which will make them feel what it is like to be isolated and angry and trapped in a room where you can't get out and talk to people, where your world has shrunk to such a tiny space.  Highly recommended.  Here is author A.J. Betts talking about the book.


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