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Overview

Sally Warner breaks new ground with a powerful story about the toughest test of friendship.         For as long as Cady Winton can remember, she and Nana Weber have done everything together, from cutting each other's hair to daring themselves to ride the scariest roller coaster at Magic Mountain. And both had been looking forward to starting middle school together in the fall. But just when Cady and Nana were anticipating being teenagers, their plans spin away from them. At the age of twelve, Nana is diagnosed with bone cancer, and suddenly the present is so much more important than the future.        With refreshing honesty, Sally Warner helps brush aside the mysticism of dying and replaces it with the courage of friendship. Comforting and profoundly moving, Sort of Forever is, by turns, a sincere, funny, painful, and uplifting view of dying, as well as a celebration of life.  

Twelve-year-olds Cady and Nana explore the strengths of their special friendship as they cope with Nana's cancer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review of this novel about a 12-year-old girl and her best friend, who is dying of cancer, PW said, "Warner has previously explored the themes of friendship and change, but never more powerfully or affectingly." Ages 8-12. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Sort of Forever paints a tender picture of friendship. As the book progresses, eleven-year-old Cady comes to terms with her best friend Nana's terminal illness and death. Though the situation sounds grim, Warner's book is filled with humor and love, as well as anger and grief as the girls alternately argue with and embrace their parents and celebrate a final Fourth of July.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Cady and Nana have been best friends since, well, forever. Now, however, Nana is seriously ill with cancer, and though Cady wants to be there for her, it is becoming more and more difficult. Not only has the illness taken a toll on Nana's body, but it has also worn away at her strong and lively spirit. Cady's parents make no secret of the fact that they are concerned about their daughter spending so much time with her dying friend. After Cady begins seventh grade, she experiences feelings of guilt about making a new friend, her own enjoyment of life, and her wish for the old Nana back. Ultimately, she stays true to Nana and remains at her bedside until the end. This is a touching story that portrays without melodrama Cady's sadness, denial, and guilt over Nana's illness, as well as her admirable commitment to stand by her friend. Nana's anger at her predicament--her steadily failing body, diminishing physical capacity, and awareness of what she'll miss in life--is matter-of-fact. Her annoyance at her mother's hovering is typically teenage. Cady's emotions vacillate between wanting to get on with her life and remaining with her friend, allowing readers to understand the difficulty involved in slowly losing someone to death. A substantive and realistic look at a difficult situation.-Carrie A. Guarria, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
From Warner (Ellie and the Bunheads, 1997, etc.), a story about best friends separated by illness, then death, when one of them is diagnosed with leukemia. Cady and Nana have been friends since they were babies, but as the story opens, on Nana's 12th birthday, she has cancer and Cady, the timid one, is trying to figure out what to do. She visits Nana every day, even in the hospital, even when her friend comes home to die. Cady is angry and lonely, and doesn't understand why her parents are concerned. Both sets of parents, the nurses, doctors, and hospice workers, fill this book with words: descriptions of cancer treatment; a fairly clinical delineation of how those with leukemia may get sicker and die; and some fairly straight talk about survivor anger and guilt, how the dying feel, what happens to daily life when a loved one is dying. The information ultimately overwhelms the story: The best friends are described rather than felt, less vividly realized than Cady's brother Russell, five, who is terrified that his sister will die, just as his pet turtle did. This is more bibliotherapeutic than story; much richer and more harrowingþalthough with older protagonists and for older readersþis Davida Wills Hurwin's A Time for Dancing (1995). (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679886488
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/19/1998
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Warner lives in Pasadena, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    EmilyCHMS14 Best Ever to Read  Sort of Forever This book has a r

    EmilyCHMS14
    Best Ever to Read 
    Sort of Forever
    This book has a real impact on your life after you read it. It doesn’t always make you want to cry. It doesn’t always make you cheerful either. I liked this book a lot, that’s why I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. In the book it had had some heart touching moments such as when Cady sat in the room when nana, after she has passed and had a conversation with her.  This showed how touching it is because; she knew Nana passed away, but still talked to her. Another reason is when Cady sees her best friend getting worse; she went and checks up on her. Nana has cancer and Cady has been there for her ever since her sickness had begun. One day Cady went to nanas and helped Nana go outside for Halloween. Since that was her favorite holiday. This showed how a good friend Cady is to Nana no matter what she was trying to make her feel better.

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

    I found this book when I was younger, struggling to understand w

    I found this book when I was younger, struggling to understand why a family member was killed by cancer.  I read this book and found a lot of closure in the subject.  Sally Warner approaches cancer from the perspective of an adolescent, keeping the emotions real and impactful, all while keeping tact in the tender subject.  It's a wonderful book about how friendships never die and how even a disease can't keep faith from thriving.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

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    Impacted my heart...

    Sort of Forever was a definite emotional read. I'm not saying I was crying all the time but when you read what these best friends go through, it's not just a story made up, people go through this in real life, and reading this impacted my heart. I enjoyed reading this book and my heart goes out to all that struggle in a situation like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    This is an AMAZING book

    'Nana lifted the bottle of sparkling cider. 'To us,' she said. 'Best friends forever!' 'Forever,' Cady echoed.' In this story, best friends Cady and Nana promised each other they would be friends forever- and so far they pretty much have been. Then one day Nana learns she has cancer and both girls' worlds are turned upside down, especially Cady's. She has to go through watching Nana getting weaker by the day, and surviving her first day of middle school without her best friend. This book is one of my favorites! Yeah, sure, it's a children's book and slightly predictable in parts, but every time I read it it touches me. By the time you finish, you will love Cady and Nana like they are your own best friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    'Remember me, okay?'

    About a year ago, my dad lost hist best friend from a brain tumer caused by cancer. I have never in my life seen him cry, and still today, after what had happened, I still have never seen him cry. How could/can he hold it in? How could Cady hold it in, until, after her friend died. I was crying my eyes out after I had read this book!!! But, how Sally Warner wrote this book in such a heart filled way is what really gets to me. Cady new that Nana was going to die, but she never said a word about it. She never complained to her mom or dad, cried only once infront of Nana, and never told anybody how she really felt. Cady watched Nana slowly disappear, and then, at the end, she remembered all of the fun times that they had, had together. She wished that those fun times would have gone on forever, but every thing has to come to an end. We try to make life last longer by 'cheating' death. When we know that someone is going to die, we try everything that we can to make tham stay on this earth longer. Giving them all of the best meds. when the only thing that we can really do is, treasure the time that we are having right now with them, and treasure the time that we had with them. And mabye they'll get better, mabye they won't, but atlease we know that our life has changed because we new them. For anyone who has not yet read this book, I HIGHLY recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    So sad and so good

    This book was one of the saddest books I've ever read. However, it was wonderful. It shows what true friendship really is. This book is definitely worth your time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    loved it

    this book is a great book! it mace me cry a lot but i totally love sad books. this book showed me how you should take care of your friends because today they could be here but tomarrow they might be gone. :( (:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    Being a friend isn't a job

    'Little things about a friendship will change all the time, Cady, even when everything's perfectly normal. Nothing ever stays the same.' She stood up and stretched. 'But it's pretty obvious to all of us that you two still have what you always had,' she added, smiling. 'Best Friends-that's never going to change. It'll last forever.' 'Sort of forever,' Cady said bitterly, thinking of those last ragged breaths Heather had described. 'No,' Heather said firmly, 'it'll last forever. You'll see.' This was my favorite quote because it was the moral of the story because Cady and Nana are best Friends. Then Nana gets cancer and is going to die. The nurse is talking to Cady and is saying that Cady and Nana¿s friendship will last forever and will never end. Cady and Nana are best friends and hang out together all the time. They are dumbfounded when they find out that Nana has cancer. Cady goes to visit Nana, at Nana¿s house, everyday. Then Nana got violently ill and had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night. Cady went to visit her when ever she could. After about 3 weeks of Nana being in the hospital she decided to come home and be in her own room. Now Cady could visit her everyday and she did. Cady went because Nana needed the support from her best friend and because Cady wanted to go visit her best friend she never knew when it would be her last day!! I really liked how strong Nana and Cady¿s friendship was. When Cady said ¿Being a friend isn¿t a job,' that showed me how much Cady really cared for Nana and wanted to do what ever she could to help Nana survive. When Cady said that it gave me the feeling that Nana and Cady are really close friends and they really care for each other!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Sort of Forever....was awsome!

    Sort of forever was one of the best books of all time. The story was so sad but yet very touching. I absolutly loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    Forever

    I really liked this book. It tells how a girl felt when her best friend got cancer. She thought it was unfair and when her friend tried to bring it up she tried to change the subject. Like a true, loyal friend she was always at her sick friend's side. This book really captures your attention and your heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    SoRt Of ForEvEr was wonderful

    Sort of Forever was such an amazing book. Once i started reading i just could not stop reading this book,....its truley amazing. Also Sort of Forever made me wonder what if this happend to me and my best friend?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    Sad but wonderful

    i absolutely loved this book it was so touching and i was suprised how much i cried. Sally warner did really good with this book it was beautiful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    sad but fantastic

    Sort of Forever by Sally Warner is an absoloutly fantastic book, but is also very sad because Cady's best friend has cancer. I think this is a book that tests friendship. Even though It's sad it always makes you laugh! I really enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    sad but beautiful

    It is a beautiful story.In the last chapter I all most cried becauses it was so sad.If you like sad stories with real life experiencens you'l like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    so sad

    Its about two girls Cady and Nana. In April Nana is diagnosed with bone cancer and things are never the same again. Nana gets weaker, and into the hospital she goes. At the hospital they celebrate the 4th of July together. Seventh grade starts and Cady goes to school friendless, there is a girl who always asks about 'poor Nana', a new girl who befriends Cady, and to top it all off, there's Nana's death to cope with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Bittersweet

    The friendship between the two girls in this story was very touching. They were always together, playing out in that open lot, or just hanging out. It must have been terrible for one to watch the other go through what they did. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    what a very good book really is

    Sort of forever was a very good book. It was touching and beautiful. It reminded of a lurneen mcdaniel book. This is a really good book for a girl who has lost a best friend by disease or anything. It was one of of those books you can put down until you've gone though the whole thing with cady. This is one book that deserves a sequal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    Touching

    Nana and Cady's relationship through good and bad times is very touching. This book talks about losing a friend in a sad way and how to deal with it. This book is excellent!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    Wonderful!!!!!!!!

    This book is so sad, but yet so sweet. My friend, Jessie, went through the same thing. I wish i could just see this on a movie that would never end! I really liked the part about the fourth of July, and the tiolet papaer! :o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Sad

    This book is sad and sweet!

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