Sign Language by Amy Ackley

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Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore. Amy Ackley's impressive debut is wrenching, heartbreaking, and utterly true.

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Amy Ackley lives in Brighton, Michigan.
Published August 18, 2011 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 200 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The grieving process and the newly awakened emotions that come with being an early teen continue to ring true when Abby pushes everyone away, especially her childhood best friend, Spence, who may want to be more than friends after all these years.

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Soon Abby is clued in to what the illness really is (cancer), and her life slowly starts to unravel as her family deals with the terminal illness.

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