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ISBN: 9780312535810144 Pages, Ages 10-13
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Eleven-year-old Toby Steiner wants to do normal things on his vacation. He wants to hike and race his bike down the hill. He wants to learn to fish out on the lake. He doesn't want to return to the children's hospital where his painful cancer treatment finally ended. When Toby starts spending time with Pearl, a spunky old woman who lives on a nearby farm, and Blossom, her broken-down cow, he sees all the more reason to keep the new lump on his side a secret from his parents. From Pearl he discovers the beauty of poetry, and from Blossom he just might uncover the meaning of life.
Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, Oklahoma Book Award Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, ASPCA Henry Bergh Award, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, Missouri Mark Twain Award Master List, Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Maine Student Book Award Master List, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, School Library Best Books of the Year
On the third morning after they'd settled into the cabin, Toby had felt it again. It was in the same spot on his right side, a slippery marble. He'd jumped out of bed and hurried into his clothes, covering it up.
His mom had been standing...