Zink by Cherie Bennett

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"Inspired by an actual child's life and writings, this tale of a young leukemia victim will elicit both tears and laughter." -- Booklist, Boxed

Becky Zaslow's leukemia diagnosis has introduced her to a world she never knew existed, a scary world of hospitals and blood counts and chemotherapy. Ten-year-old Becky is afraid. But she doesn't have to go through this alone . . . she's got a trio of singing zebras to keep her company! A herd of zebras from the Serengeti plains forges a special spiritual bond with Becky. They boost her spirits by telling her the story of Zink, a polka-dotted zebra with the most courage and the biggest heart. "Think Zink," the zebras tell her when things get bad. And when Becky does as they say, her soul voyages to Africa, where her imagination can run as free as the zebras.

About Cherie Bennett

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Cherie Bennett is the author of Life in the Fat Lane, as well as the series Sunset Island.
Published September 1, 1998 by Dramatic Pub Co. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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During times of painful treatment, the zebras take Becky away to Africa and the Serengeti where they fight off tough predators, cross the treacherous crocodile-filled Mara River, and tell tales about Zink, a mythological polka-dotted zebra.

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Adapted from a play Bennett (University Hospital, reviewed below) wrote for young audiences, this uneasy mix of fantasy and realism focuses on a sixth-grader's fatal bout with leukemia.

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Kidz World

Inspired by the real-life story of Kelly Weil, Zink is the story of one girl's emotional struggle with leukemia and the tribe of magical zebras that help her through the cancer.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!When 10-year-old Becky Zaslow is diagnosed with leukemia, it is the beginning of a long painful ordeal.

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