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Author: Kantor, Melissa
Publisher: HarperTeen
Year Published: 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-227920-0
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 8, Grade 9

Maybe One Day

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Best friends Zoe and Olivia (Liwie) have made ballet their whole lives until, according to Zoe, the worst thing that will happen to us in our entire lives happens to them; they are cut from their prestigious ballet school. Livvie doesn’t seem to fazed by this rejection and finds other activities including teaching a ballet class at a community centre to occupy her time but Zoe is upset and angry and renounces dance especially ballet. Sadly Zoe’s prediction that being cut was “the worst thing that will happen” isn’t true when Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia at the start of the new school year and Zoe’s world is once again shattered. Kantor does a marvelous job of showing the real life ups and downs that cancer patients and their families and friends have to go through. ‘Maybe One Day’ is told from the friends point of view which is a change from some of the other cancer books ; as most of those books are told by the person with cancer. But cancer doesn’t affect just the one person: it affects everyone in that person’s life. Kantor has done a wonderful job of depicting Zoe’s struggles as she simultaneously has to deal with the realities of Olivia’s cancer (that Olivia will not be better over night, as Zoe’s dad says cancer is a marathon, not a sprint ) but also accept that life still goes on and it’s okay to enjoy it.

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