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By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Hopeful tale of girl's response to friend's brain damage.

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This poignant story about a girl's illness and brain damage offers a remarkable look at friendship, hope, and forgiveness. Pansy is hard on herself but doggedly optimistic in the face of serious challenges, and the lessons here about valuing friends, being an attentive and caring person, and accepting the difficult realties of our own mortality are thoughtful and bittersweet.

But the book isn't all heavy themes about growing up. Author Spitzer Franklin weaves in important messages about making new friends, standing up for the old ones, trying new things even when you're bad at them, and learning how to let go while still being there for your friend. It's a book about big things and little things all at once.

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