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 each book.

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.
1995 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 health professionals.
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 eyes.