If I Should Die Before I Wake

If I Should Die Before I Wake

by Lurlene McDaniel


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If I Should Die Before I Wake by Lurlene McDaniel

Deanne doesn't want to spend her summer on silly debutante activities, like hanging out at the country club and flirting with the rich boys. She’d rather spend time with the kids in the cancer wing at the local hospital. Will Deanne's compassion lead her to love—and heartbreak?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581960099
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 950,181
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Everyone loves a good cry, and no one delivers heartwrenching stories better than Lurlene McDaniel.

But there's more to her books than that. McDaniel has written over 40 novels about kids who face life-threatening illnesses, who sometimes do not survive. These are powerful, inspirational stories about courage, love, and strength in the face of overwhelming trauma. McDaniel’s books touch the hearts and spirits of the teenagers and adults who read them. Her following is a devoted group of appreciative fans. McDaniel says: "These are books that challenge you and make you think."

Some readers—and their parents—have wondered why McDaniel chooses to write about sad situations. "I tell them that sometimes tragedy hits people—kids, too. They want answers. They want to know 'why.' By using novels, I show ordinary kids confronting and overcoming great odds." McDaniel's books are ultimately optimistic and life-affirming.

McDaniel began writing about young adults when her son Sean was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 3. His illness changed the lives of everyone in her family forever. "I saw what life was like for someone who was chronically ill, and I experienced how it affected the dynamics of the family," says McDaniel. She says she found that writing about the trauma and its effects was therapeutic.

To make certain that her books are medically accurate, McDaniel conducts extensive research. She interviews health care professionals and works with appropriate medical groups and hospice organizations, as well as the Tennessee Organ Donor Services. "I study medicine and traditional grief therapy techniques to give the novels a sense of serious medical reality," she says. "I also study the Bible to instill the human element—the values and ethics often overlooked by the coldness of technology."

Growing up, McDaniel lived in different parts of the country because her father was in the Navy. Eventually her family settled in Florida. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she earned a B.A. in English. She now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In addition to her popular YA novels, McDaniel has written radio and television scripts, promotional and advertising copy, and a magazine column. She is a frequent speaker at schools, writers’ conferences, and conventions.

McDaniel's books have been named to several bestseller lists, including Publishers Weekly. Three of her novels were selected by children as IRA­CBC Children’s Choices: Somewhere Between Life and Death, Too Young to Die, and Goodbye Doesn’t Mean Forever. Six Months to Live has been placed in a literary time capsule at the Library of Congress, to be opened in the year 2089.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book no longer than five minutes ago and it just made me want to cry. I understood Deanne's pain by reading further and further about her life. To lose such a kind person like Matt is horrible and good. He is in heaven now in the book and thats all we want for our loved ones,right? Such a great book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
well... you see theres this boy that i was love with... but he was dying with cancer... i was a good friend of his... but I couldnt stop the feelings that I had for him.. this book helped me tell this boy how i feel.. and then we went out for 1 year and 3 months.. i know it would have lasted longer....but cancer took its toll and he died yesterday..i miss him soo much but this book really helped me cope... i just wish i had told him sooner so that maybe we could have been together for many years before.... the sad thing is he was only 15 and didnt deserve to die......this book is inspiring but sad beyond belief... becasue the reality of cancer definitely hits you when you read this book... i was afraid to buy it for how it might effect me but.. it reallly helped me soo much.. now all i have to do is cope.. i feel sooo bad for anyone who has cancer and i feel your pain and your families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis was a very good book. I loved the layout and plot. I finished it in 1 hour and still cried. Deanna finds true love and friendship. Overall I loved this book and so will u!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought and read this book in its origional version in 1983. It was so good. I almost felt like I was part of the story physically and emotionally. I saved this book and handed it down to my teenage daughter. It is now her favorite book as well. I would highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My teacher read this to us in elementary school. I have never forgotten this book. It is so fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having gone through a cancer battle with a very close 18 year old friend, I was completely amazed how this story paralleled his story and ours going with him along the way. I recommend this book to anyone battling cancer alongside a teenager. Although it breaks your heart, it makes you realize that you are not alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an exciting adventure through tough times in a young child's life. It was a book you could not wait to read. I couldn't put the book down! I was very happy on how the book turned out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i read this book, i didn't really thought it was gonna be that good, but then omg i just coldent stop reading it.. i mean this book had it all, romanse,love,happyness, but is also sad!!!=(.. everyone should read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am helping my daughter find a great book. I want to show her how wonderful it can be to find a book that you fall in love with. When I was in Jr. High I read this book, it was the first that came to my mind. Always loved how it changed me.