Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
middle school & up
Mia is one of the most popular girls in school with one big secret: she has leukemia. Keeping this secret is costing her all of her friendships. Mia is superstitious and keeps waiting for a sign that it's time to tell them. Instead, all the signs seem to point towards keeping her secret. Her despair over losing her friends and the physical toll of her treatments begin to combine and make her feel like giving up.
This is a very emotional book. Seriously, at one point during the book I had tears streaming down my face. I'm not going to tell you why though. Mia goes through a lot during her treatment and it shown very well. The story focuses more on the emotional fallout rather than the medicinal. Because of this there were a couple of characters that I just wanted to smack upside the head a few times. Which, if you think about it, is the mark of well written characters.
Hand this to anyone who knows anyone with a major illness. It'll help them cope and understand what the sick person is going through. The sick person would probably benefit from reading it too. They could get insight as to what is going to happen and how they're friends and family might react.
VERDICT: highly recommended