Dear Jack

by Tammi Sauer

Thirteen-year-old Laney is overjoyed to learn her mother in pregnant.  Months later that joy turns to resentment.  Her mother discovers she has an aggressive form of breast cancer and decides to delay treatment until after the baby is born.  How can Laney possibly accept her mother’s decision as well as the consequences that follow?

During this trying time, Laney must also come to terms with being thirteen.  Laney’s humor and, sometimes, her desperation are evident in how she deals with the ins and outs of middle school life.  As the days of Laney’s unforgettable seventh grade year go by, she learns more about herself, those around her, and the choices people make.