Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award for Best Medical-Related Children's Book
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The Joan Fassler Memorial Award is given annually for excellence in
children's literature dealing
with medical or health-related issues by the Association for the Care of
Children's Health. Listed below are the winners and a description of
- 1996 Will I Get Breast Cancer? Questions and Answers for Teenage Girls by
Carole G. Vogel
- This straight forward and reassuring book addresses concerns young women
may have about breasts, cancer, and how breast cancer is diagnosed and
treated. The emphasis is on risk deduction and detection.
- 1995 Laurie Tells by Linda Lowery
- Scared, cold, and lonely, eleven-year-old Laurie tells a supportive aunt
that she is being sexually abused by her father.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
- While addressing the serious subjects of overweight adolescents and
physical abuse, this book is a darkly funny, suspenseful novel about
friendship, fear, and making the best of a challenging situation.
- 1994 Hero of Lesser Causes by Julia Johnston
- Twelve-year-old Keely Connor's carefree world suddenly vanishes when her
beloved brother is left paralyzed after a severe case of polio.
- 1993 I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp by L. Berger, D. Lithwick, and Seven Campers
- Seven remarkable children, all of whom attend Paul Newman's Hole in the
Wall Gang Camp and have confronted life-threatening illnesses, tell
their unique stories.
- 1992 Colt by Nancy Springer
- An adolescent boy with spina bifida becomes involved in a therapeutic
riding program and uses skills learned there to cope with the challenges
of everyday life.
- 1991 The Canada Geese Quilt by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
- One spring in the 1940s, ten-year-old Ariel is faced with a number of
strange emotions. The prospect of a new baby in the house and her
grandmother's sudden stroke leave her feeling lost and afraid.
- 1990 How It Feels to Fight for Your Life by Jill Krementz
- A compelling and revealing look at 14 children, ages 7 to 16, who have
faced or are dealing with serious illnesses and disabilities. A source
of inspiration for children with medical challenges, their families, and
- 1989 Saying Good-bye to Grandma by Jane Resh Thomas
- A beautifully illustrated book for school-age children, depicts the
death of a family member and the changes it brings, through a child's
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