Friday, February 8, 2008

BECAUSE OF ANYA by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Being a kid is hard enough - just imagine if one day your hair mysteriously began to fall out. It gets worse, and you have to start wearing a wig. And then one day, the unthinkable happens. Your wig falls off in gym class.

Anya is suffering from a condition known as alopecia areata which causes unexplained hair loss. First it began as several quarter-sized bald patches, and then it progressed to complete baldness. The doctor told Anya and her parents that her hair could regrow, but the chances were slim.

Going to school was hard since Anya was worried that everyone would find out she was wearing a wig, but she wasn't the only one bothered by the situation. Keely, another girl in Anya's class, observed the changes in Anya and also observed one of their bossy classmates begin making comments about Anya and suggesting that someone should try to remove the wig to get to the truth. Keely realizes it is time to put aside her own shyness and speak up for Anya.

Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of the AMONG THE HIDDEN series, writes a heartwarming story of a girl with a life-changing condition and the family and friends who try to make her life easier. Excellent reading for upper elementary or middle grade readers looking for a story of understanding and acceptance.

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