Halfway Normal

Halfway Normal

Book - 2017 | First Aladdin hardcover edition.
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A cancer survivor must readjust to "normal" middle school life in this hopeful novel from the author of Star-Crossed and Truth or Dare .

Norah Levy has just completed two years of treatment for leukemia and is ready to go back to the "real world" of middle school. She knows it'll be tricky--but like the Greek mythological characters she read about while she was sick, Norah's up for any challenge.

But seventh grade turns out to be trickier than she thought. Norah's classmates don't know what to make of her. Her best friend, Harper, tries to be there for her, but she doesn't get it , really--and is hanging out with a new group of girls. Norah's other good friend, Silas, is avoiding her. What's that about, anyway?

When Norah is placed with the eighth graders for math and science she meets Griffin, a cute boy who encourages her love of Greek mythology and art. And Norah decides not to tell him her secret--that she was "that girl" who had cancer. But when something happens to make secret-keeping impossible, Norah must figure out a way to share her cancer story.

But how do you explain something to others that you can't explain to yourself? Can Nora take her cue from her favorite Greek myth? And then, once she finds the words, can she move forward with a whole new 'normal'?
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2017.
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781481478519
Branch Call Number: J FIC Dee
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 22 cm

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black_snake_174
Feb 25, 2019

This book was truly amazing, and it had me crying halfway into the book and throughout.

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AnonymousLibrarian
Feb 08, 2019

Very insightful and thought provoking. I enjoyed this book and how real the characters felt.

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darladoodles
Jan 31, 2019

I can see why this book is on the Mark Twain List for 2019. Reading a book from the perspective of a girl who has overcome leukemia will be new to many middle grade readers. Norah's voice is authentic and reveals the inner turmoil of returning to school after two years in treatment-- and to middle school, no less. Her parents are also divorced which adds an additional layer of empathy to be gained for those who read this book. A favorite theme of mine -- Greek myths -- is an integral piece of the plot and helps pull the story together nicely.

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black_snake_174
Feb 25, 2019

black_snake_174 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Feb 08, 2019

AnonymousLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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