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Echo's Sister: 11/10/18
It seems to be an unwritten rule that every year there must be at least two middle grade juvenile cancer books. Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier is one of this year's crop.
Twelve year old Laughter, aka "El" had her year planned. It involved the art school her parents went to and tennis lessons. On the first day of school her six year old sister goes in for orthodontia for buck teeth and ends up in the hospital for cancer of the mouth.
Health insurance being pure crap in the United States for most everyone, cuts need to be made from the family budget and that means no more tennis for El. It also means that her entire life now revolves around her sister's treatment.
Resentment ensues. Her school work suffers. Her friendships suffer.
But there's Octavius. He sticks by her side and she doesn't know why. Of course all is revealed and it involves a shared experience.
The book most reminds me of From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle (2017)