The Chemo Kidby Robert Lipsyte
When the drugs that he takes as part of his chemotherapy suddenly transform him from wimp into superhero, sixteen-year-old Fred and his friends plot to rid the town of its most lethal environmental hazard, toxic waste in the water supply.
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Being a young student, halfway through my third grade of school, and not one who enjoyed reading, this book changed me for the better. One of the most important rules I ever learned about writing books was that the title can hook a reader. When I walked through the book fair I rarely went into the novel section, but something about the words Chemo Kid just made me wonder, 'Could there be something special within those pages?' And indeed, I found a story which made me want to start being a better person, even at the age of 8.