Cover image for Bittersweet / Winnie Mack.
Bittersweet / Winnie Mack.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Scholastic Canada Ltd., [2015]

Physical Description:
212 pages ; 20 cm


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1 Bob Harkins Branch MAC Paperback Junior Paperback Fiction
1 Nechako Branch MAC Paperback Junior Paperback Fiction

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When Sam is diagnosed with diabetes, her whole world changes - can she learn to handle it?

Sam is a normal 12-year-old. She loves ice cream, sleepovers, Christmas, and her soccer team (future team captain). What doesn't she love? Her super-annoying teenage brother, how her little sisters mess up the house and talk incessantly, and especially, how completely weird she is feeling.

Lately, Sam has been crazy hungry and thirsty. She's tired all the time, and, most humiliating of all, she's started wetting the bed like a baby.

One day, after a collapse at a soccer game, she wakes up in the hospital to find out she's got Type 1 diabetes. Suddenly everything is different: not just her diet and the injections, but her relationships with her family and her friends. Will she learn to handle it?

This poignant story of a young girl coming to terms with a serious diagnosis, is a hopeful tale about overcoming life's hurdles.

Author Notes

WINNIE MACK (also known as W.C. Mack), was certain her parents unwittingly cursed her writing career with a happy and stable childhood. With happiness continuing to stalk her day and night, she finally conceded defeat, abandoned her request for misery and began writing humorous fiction for women and young readers. After sorting through old memorabilia and journals, she felt inspired to write After All, You're Callie Boone, her first children's novel. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, she currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband.

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