- Commended, ALA Notable Chilren's Books List
- Commended, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
- Short-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
- Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection
- Short-listed, Manitoba Book Awards McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award
- Commended, Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2011
- Commended, OLA Best Bets
- Short-listed, IODE Violet Downey Book Award
Finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book
It's 1941, and Canada is two years into World War II. Meanwhile, in rural Manitoba, fifteen-year-old Marie-Claire Cote begins a war of her own as she and her brother and sister, all stricken with tuberculosis, are taken by their anguished parents to "chase the cure" at nearby Pembina Hills Sanatorium.
While her roommate retains a dogged cheerfulness that is both heroic and irritating, Marie-Claire resists with all of her prideful strength while she fights her own illness and tries to seek privacy where there is none. Her father, overwhelmed by fear and guilt, never visits. And her young brother, Luc, who is losing his battle with TB in another wing of the infirmary, sends notes to her penned for him by his nineteen-year-old roommate, Jack Hawkings.
This is a story about surviving loss, and finding friendship, and love, in surprising places.close this panel
Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, jazz singer and playwright. Her award-winning books include Bone Dance (winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award), Being with Henry (winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award), True Confessions of a Heartless Girl (winner of the Governor General's Award and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award) and Mistik Lake (Publishers Weekly Best Books and Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year).close this panel
...a moving portrait of hope.
Readers will be held by the story's heartbreaking truths, right to the end
...a careful, graceful novel, robust with sorrow and triumph in equal measure. It will leave the reader with both a chill down the spine and a lump in the throat.
Brooks masterfully re-creates a TB sanatorium through the protagonist's experience and believable characters. A well-drawn, innocent, yet compelling work of historical fiction
...a story of survival and friendship...
Brooks is rather a 'queen of hearts' herself when it comes to the depiction of a girl's adolescent intelligence, annoyance and desire, and here she works her magic once again.
...[readers] will sympathize with the book's prickly heroine...
Much like a play in its discrete, focused scenes, this novel is that rarest of birds, a happily ending, nonsappy young adult romance.
...Brooks has been called the premier writer for the older adolescent. As great a compliment as that is, I think that sells her short.
...an emotionally rich, stirring story about loss, friendship, love and healing.