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Children's LiteratureA book of this sort could come across as very dry; that is not the case in this well handled, lively, spirited look at coping with a serious disease. The cartoon drawings are humorous and appealing—child friendly but not insulting. The character of Paris, an eleven-year-old girl with celiac disease, is clever and cute enough to keep this information-packed book one that children will enjoy while learning about how to deal with this disease that affects 1 in every 133 people. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, not an allergy, which causes the production of antibodies to fight the perceived "poison" that gluten represents to the body. The antibodies attack the body itself because there is not any poison actually present. This attack manifests itself in a wide variety of symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose the disease, leaving many people undiagnosed or inaccurately diagnosed. The story line is based on the author and illustrator's own daughter's experience with having the disease diagnosed and being "treated" with a gluten free diet. This book will give lots of help to families who must eliminate gluten for a family member who needs to dramatically improve their health. There is basic information about the kinds of foods that are gluten free and those which are not, but there is also an abundance of back matter including website addresses, references, books, recipes, sources for purchasing gluten free foods, support groups, summer camps, and strategies for traveling, going to restaurants, as well as "sleep over parties." Paris' willingness to be so open about her own situation will be an inspiration to others with celiac disease. This will be an excellent resource fordoctor's offices, libraries, and parents—but most especially the child (actually any age) learning to eat healthy and GF (gluten free) for life. 2005, Woodbine House, Ages 9 to 12.