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May 13, 2010
| ISBN 9781101427439
| Young Adult
May 11, 2010
| 419 Minutes
| Young Adult
May 13, 2010 | ISBN 9781101427439 | Young Adult
May 11, 2010 | ISBN 9780307738233 | Young Adult
Fifteen-year-old Grace Manning is a candy striper in a nursing home, and Mr. Sands is the one patient who makes the job bearable. He keeps up with her sarcasm, teaches her to play poker . . . and one day cheerfully asks her to help him die. At first Grace says no way, but as Mr. Sands?s disease progresses, she?s not so sure. Grace tries to avoid the wrenching decision by praying for a miracle, stuffing herself with pancakes, and running away from all feelings, including the new ones she has for her best friend Eric. But Mr. Sands is getting worse, and she can?t avoid him forever.
Robin Epstein has delivered an incredibly engaging, thought-provoking debut YA novel, with all the snappy dialogue and attitude of the movie Juno.
“Sweet and smart—this terrific story will grab your heart and not let go.”—Sarah Mlynowski, author of Bras & Broomsticks Being optimistic doesn’t come naturally to Grace Manning, especially not these days. Her family life has just been turned upside down, and things are getting weird with her best friend Eric. But at least she’s happy at her after-school job at a nursing home, thanks to Mr. Sands, a resident with Lou Gehrig’s disease who keeps up with Grace’s sarcasm, teaches her how to cheat at poker, and even lets her give him a Mohawk. And then one day, Mr. Sands asks Grace to help him die. Surely he doesn’t mean for her, a fifteen-year-old smartass, to take him seriously? But he does, and she can’t bring herself to tell anyone. Grace tries everything from praying for a miracle cure to stuffing herself with pancakes, but she knows she can’t run from this decision forever . . . Former stand-up comedian Robin Epstein has written a thought-provoking debut young adult novel, with all the romantic complications and attitude of the movie Juno.
Robin Epstein received her MFA from Columbia University, and has been a television sitcom writer.
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