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From The CriticsThe summer before her senior year in high school, everything is coming together for Leah Weiczynkowski's soccer aspirations. She makes the Olympic Developmental Program's regional team, is invited to a national camp, and is recruited by coaches at major universities. But her self-absorbed dedication to soccer is challenged when she learns her chief sup-porter, her father, has terminal pancreatic cancer with only three months to live. Leah and her family find themselves on a devastating path as they learn to cope with the illness. They go through fear and anger, denial, hope, bargaining, and resignation. They also have to watch as their father tries to cope with extreme pain and still maintain his sense of control and dignity. Swanson asks hard questions anyone facing suffering must ask. Why is this happening? How can someone deal with pain with dignity? How can people continue their lives faced by the loss of a loved one? How do we deal with the void in our hearts? This may seem to be a predictable novel, but Swanson's story leads us to empathize and to hope we might have their courage to deal with death and loss. 2004, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 217 pp., Ages young adult.
—Jeanne M. McGlinn