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Author: Henigson, Jeff
Publisher: Delacorte Press/ Penguin Random House
Year Published: 2019
ISBN: 9780525647904
Grades: Grades 9 to 12, Teacher Resource

Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World

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Written thirty years after his brain cancer diagnosis, Jeff Henigson’s hilarious and relevant memoir follows his fifteen-year-old self as he navigates everyday life as an awkward teenager. Trying to impress his distant father, Jeff makes a wish through a cancer support foundation to meet Mikhail Gorbachev, president of Russia, to plead for nuclear disarmament and world peace. His life swings from ordinary to absolutely incredible as he wrestles with big questions of morality, war, love, hope and miracles. Fighting his aggressive disease, this amazing teen struggles with strained family relationships, friendship dilemas, dating issues, and all the challenges of high school life. Young adult and adult readers who work with teens will find this memoir, based on diaries and memories, useful as a springboard for discussions ranging from health and mental health issues to politics and Earth stewardship.

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