Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Laurie Friedman
Publisher: Darby Creek
Like any normal family, April’s family has ups and downs. When her grandmother announces that she has cancer, everyone is in shock. When her grandmother announces that she has booked a skiing trip for the whole family, everyone is even more shocked! Adding to this, April’s step-cousin and best friend is in a strange mood. Trying to be positive but not fully understanding everything, April and her family head to Park City, Utah to learn to ski. In an unfortunate accident, April breaks her leg. Surprisingly, this solves more problems that it creates as it brings her family together.
This book is great for any child who might have a family member suffering with cancer. April’s grandmother teaches April that there is no use getting mad about things outside of our control; the cancer will be there whether they are mad or happy about it. This important life lesson is learned when April breaks her leg: it is best to accept our circumstances and choose happiness. Interesting and cute, this book will make you smile and remember your own family vacations with their ups and downs.