Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
- Reading age: 14 to 18
Not long ago, seventeen-year-old Carley Allison had it all. She was on the edge of fame as a singer and composer. She was reaching for the highest levels as a competitive skater. She had a brand-new boyfriend and a golden future waiting after graduation. Her world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer in her trachea. Her case, doctors said, was one in 3.5 billion.
Faced with an uncertain new future, Carley did what she always did: she rose to the challenge. Cancer treatment tested her, but Carley was fearless and strong. Told she might never sing again, Carley beat the odds and performed on television for an audience of millions. “Ladies and gentlemen,” the announcer said, introducing her, “The voice you're about to hear is a miracle ...”
Carley died before her twenty-first birthday, but her memory lives on in the countless people she touched with her courage. Bestselling author Alice Kuipers (Me & Me, Life on the Refrigerator Door) weaves their stories with the blog Carley kept in the final months of her life. These many voices --- plus plenty of Carley's texts and photos --- show her transformation from ordinary to extraordinary, and convey her personal rules for living well in the worst of times. Some readers will know Carley already, whether from videos she shared on YouTube, from her heroic public performances, or from the internationally-acclaimed movie Kiss and Cry inspired by Carley's story and starring her real-life friend Sarah Fisher (Degrassi) This tribute to her life and legacy will appeal to her admirers and inspire those who are meeting Carley for the first time. Always Smile is a book that will linger and resonate in a reader's heart.
About the author
ALICE KUIPERS is the award-winning author of three previous novels, Life On The Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You, and the picture book The Best Ever Bookworm Book by Violet and Victor Small. Her work has been published to critical acclaim in twenty-nine countries. She lives in Saskatoon.
FACEBOOK: Alice Kuipers
... this memoir is sure to touch and inspire all who read of Carley's journey.—CM Magazine
A touching portrait of a remarkable celebrity influencer who used her exposure to inspire herself and others.
Heartbreaking and inspiring ...—Quill & Quire
Other titles by Alice Kuipers
Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair
World's Worst Parrot
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book
Book 1 (Book Series for Elementary School Kids, Children's Chapter Book for Bookworms)
Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair: Book 2 (Book Series for Kids, Polly Diamond Book Series, Books for Elementary School Kids)
Me and Me
The Death Of Us
The Worst Thing She Ever Did
Life On The Refrigerator Door
40 Things I Want To Tell You