Because of Anya by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Ten-year-old girls don't wear wigs.

So why is Anya wearing one? That's what Keely wants to know. But when Anya's wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely realizes what she really wants is to help Anya, even though she's not sure how--and even though it means she'll have to do something she's afraid of: stand up to her friends.
     As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one can tell her whether it ever will. How can she learn to accept her disease when she can't even look in the mirror?

About Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at
Published February 14, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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733, etc.) switches points of view between Anya and Keely to show one child convulsed with shame and fear of discovery, and another who is first horrified at the prospect that someone she knows might die.

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A 10-year-old girl is diagnosed with alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that makes her hair fall out in clumps) and the unthinkable occurs (her wig falls off during gym), but a classmate reaches out for her friendship.

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Haddix successfully chooses two viewpoints, Anya's (victim) and Keely's (observer), to examine the effects of alopecia, but she oversimplifies Anya's and Keely's relationships to the other girls.

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